State Representative Denise Garlick visited the Needham Community Farm this week to celebrate seven recipients of the Farm’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer Awards for their exceptional service. This year’s award recipients include Pollard student Alejandro Gabrielle Celado, Needham High School students Ketsia Bernard, Josie Dardinski, Austin Shaver and Duncan Shaver, and Needham High School graduates Michael Totten and Jeremy Wong.
The Outstanding Youth Volunteer Awards recognize volunteers who go above and beyond the typical scope of volunteering and take on complex roles at the Farm. Many served as youth leaders and mentors to younger students, consistently showcasing a positive attitude and determination in completing their tasks. These students dedicated a substantial number of volunteer hours over the spring, summer and fall seasons, and were instrumental in pushing forward the mission of the Farm.
Representative Garlick spoke to the students work in terms of planting, growing and harvesting a garden, recognizing their volunteer efforts, the skills acquired and the leadership developed as a way to enrich and nourish our community now and in the future.
The Needham Community Farm is a non-profit organization that donates all produce grown at the farm to individuals and families in the community who many not have consistent access to fresh, locally grown produce.