Break Description

Have a passion for gardening and growing your own food? Volunteer at Project Growsan educational, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County through garden-based education and access to healthy food. Project Grows believes that all children deserve a healthy life and future. They believe that the garden is an ideal setting to create a safe and inspiring space for youth that supports their physical, mental, and social well-being. 

They grow 12,000+ pounds of food each year on their 10-acre farm. Produce goes to school cafeterias year-round, as well as to the Youth-Run Farm Stand at the Boys & Girls Club and partner organizations like the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Kids also learn about farming and healthy food during field trips and summer camps.  

We’ll spend a full Saturday at the farm. On Sunday, we’ll gather at JMU or virtually to complete a half-day advocacy or philanthropy project. It will be early in the growing season, so come ready to get dirty and help however we can to grow healthy, local food for our community! 

Find more registration details and sign-up online ASAP!

Alternative Breaks in the time of COVID: 

Because of the pandemic and the changes to the university’s spring schedule, Alternative Spring Break will be different this year. Here’s what you need to know about all of our Alternative Spring Breaks: 

  • All breaks will include a day-long, in-person service experience and a half-day, on-campus or virtual advocacy or philanthropy project. 
  • Participants must pack a lunch for their service day. 
  • All of our breaks take place within a one-hour drive of campus. 
  • Transportation will be provided in JMU vehicles at no more than 50% capacity. However, we will ask all participants who are able and willing to drive personal vehicles to the service site in order to limit density. 
  • Students will not be permitted to participate if they are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, if they have been instructed to quarantine or isolate in the past two weeks, or if they have been in direct, close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks. 
  • Masks will be required at all times (except for when eating lunch). This includes during service, and during travel. 
  • Participants will be asked to regularly disinfect all high-touch surfaces, including work tools, at the service site. 
  • Participants will maintain a six-foot distance from others whenever possible. 
  • Our community partners have agreed to maintain COVID-19 safety practices and protocols in line with the CDC the Virginia Department of Health and to support all JMU COVID-19 mitigation practices. 

Our Broader Commitment:

JMU is a member of the University Global Coalition with the United Nations and is committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals. In alignment with Project Grows' mission and services, you can learn more about Good Health and Well-Being HERE.


Focus on: Preserving the Environment and Biodiversity

Community: Verona, VA

Leaders: Jackson DiSilvestre and Lauren Flood

Cost: $Free!

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Weekend Break

Departure Date: 03-27-2021

Return Date: 03-28-2021

What community partner will you be working with? Project Grows

Currently Offered?: Yes

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