It’s amazing to see what young people can accomplish. Just as we grow plants, we also want to grow people into passionate horticulturists and leaders. Our various youth projects help us do just this.
Our most notable youth program to date is the Horticultural and Environmental Leadership Program (HELP). Initiated in 2003, HELP runs for two three-week sessions, focusing middle-school students on environmental and agricultural issues in their local and greater community.
Taking place at TheDCH aand at nearby Point Lookout Farm on the Brandywine River, HELP provides students the chance to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, practice teamwork, and demonstrate civic responsibility. The program format includes on-site horticulture and agriculture exploration, environmentally focused field trips, service-learning projects, leadership development activities, and local professionals who speak to the students about relevant topics.
TheDCH partners with other organizations to create school gardens that introduce children to vegetables and encourage healthy eating habits.