Seeds of Change volunteers on the far left and right, with Steller students Ezra, Eli and Logan.
This summer Alaska Seeds of Change and Steller partnered to reclaim the Steller Peace Garden.
Alaska Seeds of Change works with young people ages 16-24 to help them develop the vocational and personal skills needed to become successful adults. Most staff initially start at Seeds as apprentices, by volunteering for school credit or through an apprenticeship program with one of our partner agencies.
The first step was building lasagna beds on top of the old weed filled beds, and from there we planted the garden and maintained it all summer.
In addition we were able to plant about 10 apple trees that were donated from a community member (he’s also interested in adding lots more trees if the Steller community is interested).
We harvested lots of good veggies over the summer that were taken home by Steller students and staff/apprentices at Seeds of Change. We even had a neighborhood veggie “pirate” that would harvest things periodically. They seemed to know what they were doing and we figured that they needed the food so we decided it was a way to feed our local community.
One of the highlights for me was being able to support the youth in making the garden their own and helping them take on projects.
We didn’t realize that we would be running the garden in a pandemic but it turned out to be a great way for Steller students to connect in person while following CDC guidelines to minimize the spread of Covid. Many students said that this was one of the few ways that they were able to get out of the house and see people.
Last year we were able to acquire funding through a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation. We are yet to determine our funding for next year’s program. If anybody has any ideas we have estimated that about $2,000 would cover the basics of running the garden next year.
Seeds of Change
Thank you to Seeds of Change for the important role you play supporting the youth of our community, and to all the volunteers from Steller that helped out through the summer.
If you would like to learn more about Seeds of Change, find out how to volunteer, or donate to support their work visit their website here.
To learn more about #StellerGives and how you can share how you give back to the community please see here.