Digging In

Cody Reed, director of the Digging In, one of the programs sponsored by Women’s Mountain Passages, is a program that provides experiential education opportunities to the youth of Plumas County in the areas of agricultural sustainability, local food systems and healthy lifestyles.  They started with a garden at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy in 2010.  They began the garden in Greenville in 2011.  The vision is to involve a garden in each of the elementary schools in Plumas County.  Fun garden lessons provide kids with an understanding of the interconnected nature of agriculture, ecology, and society through a summer day camp and classroom lessons.  And what child doesn’t love digging in the dirt?

These garden experiences nurture a child’s curiosity and provide contextual learning experiences in the areas of life sciences, mathematics and even social history.  The education part of the program supports state standards.  “Project based and place based learning improves critical thinking and gives the children a sense of place,” said Cody.

The program also encourages healthy eating.  Garden based nutrition education increases fruit and vegetable consumption and works far better than nutrition classes.  The children get excited about eating the fruits and vegetables they grow.  When possible, school cafeteria staff include the vegetables grown in the gardens into the school meal program.

The vision for the program is to have an educator and garden caretaker for each garden location which means recruiting persons to work with Digging in during the school year and as part of the summer program.  The program is coordinated through Women’s Mountain Passages with support from Plumas Rural Services and Sierra Farmstead in cooperation with Plumas County School District.  They depend a great deal on donations from individual supporters and community groups. 

If interested, you may also volunteer to serve on either of the Alder Street or Greenville Garden Committees.  For more information or to donate contact Cody Reed at  cody@womensmountainpassages.org




Summer programs start soon

Women's Mountain Passages offers fun and educational summer programs for children
ages 8 - 18!  Programs start soon, contact us for more information and to register.

Digging In - Summer Garden Adventure
Alder St. Garden (next to Pioneer-Quincy Elementary School in Quincy)
June 24th - August 21st
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Boys & Girls grades 2-6 welcome
visit www.DiggingIn.us for more information and to register

Girl's Rite - Outdoor Connections
Meet at Women's Mountain Passages
July 10th - August 14th
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Girls ages 11-18 welcome
check out the Summer schedule for more information

Women's mountain passages

Founded in 1999, Women's Mountain Passages is a community-based non-profit organization that serves Plumas County, CA.  Our mission is to educate, strengthen, and inspire youth to choose healthy lifestyles and realize their potential while advocating for violence prevention and social justice.

Passages has over ten years experience providing hands-on youth development and education programs to Plumas County. Originally founded to decrease violence against women and girls and encourage healthy lifestyles, the agency has grown in response to local community needs. Passages has expanded to provide programs that foster the development of healthy lifestyles and positively transform youth and their connections with the environment.

We envision a healthy, safe community for youth based on:
  •   *  Healthy lifestyles and respectful relationships
  •   *  Utilization of community resources
  •   *  Enjoyment of our outdoor environment
  •   *  Engagement in creating a positive future
  •   *  No violence

New Partnership: eat-a-rainbow

Women's Mountain Passages is very pleased to announce our new partnership with the Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative's Eat-A-Rainbow program. Through this new partnership, Passages and QNFC offer local elementary school classes an opportunity to participate in activities that promote a healthy and colorful diet. Our goal is to introduce children to the benefits of fresh, local, unfamiliar, and seasonal produce, and the goodness of eating whole grains. We offer a variety of multisensory activities including bread making, fruit salad making, and veggie/grain salad making.

Eat-A-Rainbow compliments our Digging In program by building on the garden-based foundation to explore nutrition and healthy eating through classroom lessons and store visits. Together we strive to build healthy children, healthy habits, and sustainable agricultural systems.