Participant Testimonies

I just wanted to let you know that you have changed my life in such a positive way. I made a lot of happy memories and learned a lot of cool skills while working with the program, and I wouldn’t be the same person I am today without them. Maybe if I visit my Grandma in the near future I can come see you and visit Loveland Youth Gardeners again. I think that would be wonderful. Deb Haddick- Student

“There were weeds and seeds. There were also smiles, sharing, and sun and summer salads. What a way to grow! There must be encores of this program!”- Parent

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 appreciate what LYG does for the community and what it does for us kids. I enjoyed all of the field trips, meeting new people and doing new things in gardening.” – Student Gardener

“My favorite part was growing all the different veggies and then donating all of it to the House of Neighborly Service. It was great to be a helpful part of the community… The whole idea of using public land for the good of the public is great.” – Student Gardener

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

To see these kids take responsibility and ownership. It’s been so amazing to see their social skills just skyrocket. I was so excited to see their commitment and involvement. When they brought home harvested veggies, they had so much pride and excitement.
They both have gained so much confidence. When the boys helped with the farm stand and the farmers market, it was so incredible to see them grow socially and take so much pride in their work.
This whole process and experience has taught our entire family to eat healthier and learn the benefits of eating healthier.  Aguilar- Parent

It’s also 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. Kim Aguilar-Pauli – parent

“We want you to know how much we appreciate all you have done for our son this summer. The youth gardening program has far exceeded any of our expectations. It’s people like you who make life for someone with disabilities that much brighter!”- Parent

“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

“I’ve learned the different parts of the plant. The stem, roots, flowers, leaves, fruit. I’ve learned to identify what’s a weed and what’s not. I’ve learned how you should water the plants. Water low. The skills I’ve learned will help me a lot in the world of work. I’ve learned how to work with different people and become friends with some. When I first heard about this, I thought you had to sit in a classroom and be given lectures about gardening. But when I first got to the garden and planted, I was glad I didn’t turn this offerdown.” – Student Gardener

“My appreciation for what you are providing in our community through the Loveland Youth Gardeners.” – Supporter

“I feel like I have grown a lot because of the garden and how we have made things look good. I also feel like I have grown because of making the plants stay healthy and when we harvest a vegetable. This summer I have given tours in the garden and it makes me happy. Touring is a good thing to do because it helps others that come to visit the garden know what the plants and vegetable are.” – Student Gardener

“I enjoy coming to the gardening club. We usually make things like arrangements for the tables and they’re nice because they add to the place… It’s nice to have the young folks come and join us. I wonder sometimes why they would want to spend time with us, because we are out of connection with the world living in a place like this. It means a lot to me and all of us that they would want to spend time with us.” – Elderly Resident from Sierra Vista Health Care Center

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

“These young people have grown by leaps and bounds in such a short time, and I feel blessed to be associated with such life-enhancing work. The creative writing really brought out the best in all of them, and it is rewarding to see their smiles and hear their laughter.”- Master Gardener Volunteer & Board Member

“This has been a great experience for our son. He looked forward to coming and came home with lots of knowledge and information… he is a couch potato… he’s gained interest in our own garden because of LYG. I’m very impressed by the program, the staff, and what I see the kids doing. Thank you for your time and obvious caring.” – Parent

“What I got out of the garden is that I can donate veggies to HNS, so they can give it to people that need help… I’m proud of people that help other people when they’re in need… I hope this keeps going.” – Student Gardener, age 16

“I have changed since May 13. I have made some good friends. I have gotten a lot of big onions and tomatoes and basil and marigolds. And I have not had so many problems with other people. I have a lot of fun here at LYG. I really had fun doing my final project and doing planting logs. I liked writing thank you notes to people. I liked the lessons and the field trips and picking vegetables. One thing I will take away from LYG is how to be a good worker and a good leader. This has been the best summer of my life.”- Student Gardener, age 15