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Partnering with the DE Horticulture Center!

In February 2015, YWCA Delaware partnered with the Delaware Horticulture Center’s GreenRoutes Program, which is a green collar job training and work readiness program made possible by the Delaware Division of Labor. The program was designed to create help seasonal workers, the under-employed and ex-offenders get and keep green jobs. YWCA participated by running a series of Financial Literacy courses designed to empower program participants to make educated financial decisions.

In return, the Delaware Horticulture Center conducts weekly gardening educational sessions at YWCA Delaware’s Home Life Management Center teaching participants and staff. In the first session, they planted lettuce seeds and received detailed instructions regarding planting, maintaining and harvesting lettuce. Several participants volunteered to be responsible for ensuring the lettuce bed is watered daily. To date, our lettuce bed is growing with hopes of harvesting within the next few weeks.