In today’s society it was once said in an African Proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. The Little Willie Center also believes it takes a village to raise a cucumber! The center provides Tutoring and Mentoring services for latchkey children (home-alone) in West Greenville. For 20 years the center has maintained a garden, which has provided “fuel food” to curb childhood obesity and other serious diseases. We know now a healthy body produces a healthy mind which ignites a healthy community. We believe the community cucumber run project was a visible impact for these reasons: turnaround time is 2 months, easy to grow, low in cholesterol and saturated fat, and relatively high in Vitamins A, K, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. The results of a cucumber always lead to good old southern pickles that are a culturally-appropriate food in southern United States. From a Cucumber to a pickle, birthed our Pickle Willie Product. It was taught and coordinated by Mr. Art Wallace, LWC Advisory Board Member and Master Gardner, the planting begin in May 2010 and in July-August 2010 the cucumbers were harvested, cut, pickled and packed into jars by 40 youth, parents and senior citizens. This project has now become an annual project teaching children how food is grown, harvested, processed and sold. It’s a part of our new Youth Development initiative titled VITAL: Vocational Instruction for the Assembly of Leaders. We donated pickles to Pitt County Council on Aging, Greenville Community Shelter and the Joy Soup Kitchen. They have been sold at Farmer’s Market and Uptown Greenville’s Umbrella Market. Our future plans are to continue to make this project a recurring event, refining techniques and improving our product along the way.
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