Gardens of TROY is a pilot horticulture program run by volunteers in conjunction with Empowered Youth, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth.
TROY Academy, where the program takes place, is a small alternative high school located on the grounds of the 27th ave. Juvenile Detention Center in Miami, Florida. Students at TROY are not prisoners, but many are sentenced to attend the school as part of post arrest intervention programs, or after expulsion from traditional schools.
As of February 2009 the horticulture class meets every Saturday morning from 9-12. Students learn gardening and landscaping basics, including seed germination, plant propagation and garden design, with an emphasis on edible varieties. After completion of the program, students will have developed a level of aptitude sufficient to secure employment in the fields of landscaping, horticulture and agriculture.
This blog is intended to act as a snapshot into the program, offering donors, volunteers and faculty of similar projects a regular report on the progress of our efforts.
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