Kelly Meier from the Stratford Health Department was this weeks guest speaker.  The Health Department received a Community Impact Grant and she came to tell us about the success of the program.  The Grant allowed the Health Department to work with 8 childcare providers and agencies including the Recreation Dept., South End Community Center and the YMCA.  They provided planting supplies and seeds to start both flower and vegetable gardens.  In addition, they worked with Sterling House to hire 3 teens to assist the groups and created two gardening kits that are available for loan from the Stratford Library.  They sponsored a Parents Cooking class with the vegetables grown in the gardens, began a Parents Newsletter and offered nutrition information to participants.  263 youngsters were involved in the program, which will continue even over the winter as they teach how to start growing seeds inside.  Congratulations and wishing your program be a huge success.