Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Partners with GrowNWI

By: Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Last Updated: May 10, 2012

BGC-Grow-NWIGrowNWI is helping youth members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County discover the joys and benefits of growing a garden this season. GrowNWI recently donated cedar raised bed plant boxes, soil, and starter plants and seeds to the Forrest “Dusty” Rhode Portage Club and the Duneland Club. Members will experience first-hand how to grow vegetables and will be responsible for all aspects of growing the gardens: from planting the seeds to harvesting the produce.

GrowNWI is a local non-profit organization committed to, as stated on their website, “fostering & sustaining community gardens and urban agriculture programs that grow produce”. (

"We are so grateful for GrowNWI for donating all of the supplies and installing the raised beds at our club,” said Dawn Bell, Unit Director of the Forrest “Dusty” Rhode Portage Club. “We are all so excited to have the garden at the Portage Club! We will utilize our garden to encourage healthy nutrition and meal preparation which is part of our Boys & Girls Clubs of America Healthy Habits Program. This will also educate members on how to garden and have an active role in the community."

Serving youth for 40 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County provide programs for nearly 5,000 boys and girls ages 5-18 in the areas of academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County has club sites located in Valparaiso, South Haven, Chesterton and Portage.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County offers a wide variety of summer camps and programs. For more information on summer activities, membership, volunteer opportunities or to make a tax deductible donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, please contact your local Club, call (219) 464-7282 or visit Great Futures Start HERE.