Community garden for youth finds new home in Willmore neighborhood

From planting flowers to chopping potatoes, the nonprofit community garden, Adventures to Dreams is trying to enrich the lives of kids ages 4 to 14 through educational activities in the Willmore neighborhood in Long Beach.

Originally located in West Long Beach, Sheila Grantham, founder and director of the garden, saw an opportunity to move locations to the Drake/Chavez Greenbelt by the soccer fields, not too far away.

While the gardening program is her “baby,” Grantham and a team of volunteers also host activities and lessons including molding ceramics, cooking, STEM learning and more.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, programming days have been reduced to about two Saturdays a month, according to the Adventures to Dreams calendar.

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the program can email Grantham at [email protected], call 562-233-6223 or message at the social media platforms mentioned on the website.

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