The Garden

The Garden
Harvesting the Future
Lead Partner: Orange County 4-H


The Gardenís objective is to expand studentsí love of nature, explore science/agriculture careers and nourish their future with healthy food choices. Students learn skills in agriculture and science through gardening.

  • This is a container gardening program with a focus on science and agriculture education

  • Students will chose to grow items for a pizza or salad garden, and ongoing competitions will push students toward success

  • Partnership developed with FAMU and University of Florida to prepare students for further study in science, agriculture and related career options

  • This is a youth crime prevention effort, which engages youth during out-of-school time.

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Purpose/Objective: Work with a group of 3-4 middle- and high-school children while going through a garden-based education program. Help guide them through group activities, encourage dialogue using provided discussion questions, act as a mentor and positive adult role model.

    4H - Orlando Cares - The Garden PartnerLocation: Designated after school locations such as the Englewood Community Center.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help students plant and maintain their container gardens, using the 4-H curriculum
  • Offer positive reinforcement and regular encouragement to participating students
  • Share the importance of a healthy nutritional lifestyle
  • Encourage students towards careers in environmental science and agriculture


  • Reliable transportation
  • Interest in working with teenagers
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Willingness to learn new teaching skills and methods
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Agriculture and gardening knowledge a plus

    Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time and lift a minimum of 25 lbs
  • Comfortable with working with plants and soil
  • Comfortable getting dirty

    Time Commitment:

  • Weekly sessions of two hours for a minimum of one 8-week semester

Training/Support Provided: Volunteers will be provided with a comprehensive volunteer orientation and subsequent volunteer training by Orange County 4-H.

Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Gain valuable experience working with Orlando youth.
  • Grow your own container garden.
  • Learn from local experts in agriculture, science, and nutrition
  • Impact studentís community and empower them with the ability to make healthy choices.
  • Inspire students to pursue various careers in science and agriculture

Phone: 407.246. 3507

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