Participant Testimonies

“This has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. You really opened up a whole new world to me. I came here with a charcoal black thumb…I come away with a tank full of self esteem, a bag filled with smiles, a brain bursting full of ideas, an eye for nature’s beauty, a lush green thumb, and a bundle of friends. Thank you so much.” – Student Gardener


“It’s so exciting to see Marcus work through his anxiety and patience. Marcus and Javier are on the Autism Spectrum and through this program they have gained so much confidence and skills to help them be successful. They taught the boys calming down skills that I have seen Marcus use in other life experiences and situations.  I’ve watched these kids take responsibility and ownership and it’s been so amazing to see their social skills just skyrocket.  When they brought home harvested veggies, they had so much pride and excitement. I was so excited to see their commitment and involvement. They both have gained so much confidence through the programs.
This whole process and experience has taught our entire family to eat healthier and learn the benefits of eating healthier.” –  Parent

“I support Loveland Youth Gardeners because the programs address community needs that concern us, including education, environmental stewardship, nutrition and food security. Since 1996, LYG has provided opportunities for young people to learn new skills, to overcome personal challenges and to develop the gifts that each one brings to the programs.” – Donor

“Loveland Youth Gardeners is a great source of fresh vegetables for our clients. It is a wonderful program that exposes the students to community service as well. The produce makes a positive difference in the nutrition of our clients. We appreciate very much being recipients of your harvest.” – Assistant Director, House of Neighborly Service


“I found that interaction with the kids in Youth Gardening was so valuable and enjoyable. I definitely want to volunteer again, it was great fun and rewarding.” – Volunteer