Handmaker youth volunteers will reap vegetables, leadership skills

Handmaker Youth Leadership Team participants will begin a Farm to Table project on Sunday, Sept. 30. The group will meet at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging at 9 a.m., then carpool to Phire Heart Farms, a local cooperative farm where they will plant vegetable seeds and seedlings.

Participants will return to Phire Heart Farms once the vegetables are ready for harvesting. Vegetables will be brought to Handmaker, where chefs will work with youth participants to prepare dishes for residents and family members to enjoy, says Lori Riegel, director of cultural and religious education at Handmaker. The project reflects two Jewish values, she notes, feeding the hungry and remembering the elderly.

HYLT is open to local youth 11-18 years of age. The program combines hands-on community service with leadership and philanthropy training, in

partnership with Volunteer Southern Arizona’s Youth Volunteer Corps and the Tucson Jewish Community Center Youth Leadership Development program. The Farm to Table project is free to HYLT members and $5 for non members. HYLT membership is $36 per year. Handmaker is located at 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. For more information, contact Riegel at 322-7006 or lriegel@handmaker.org.