Q&A with Microgrant Recipient Abbigail


Meet microgrant recipient Abbigail (11) from West Virginia. For her project, she led a team of other students in an after-school program as they built & tended to a garden at the Wade Center. Together they 1) prepared the soil & raised beds, 2) planted seeds, 3) weeded, watered & cared for the plants, and 4) harvested & distributed their produce to families. All students were given gardening gloves and a paperback copy of Up in the Garden & Down in the Dirt to reinforce learning how to care for the plants & produce in the Wade Center garden.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? It’s important to learn about where our food comes from, and we want to keep the Wade garden in good shape.
  2. While working on your project, what surprised you? How tiny the carrots were, and that the pumpkins didn’t grow
  3. What do you feel you learned from this experience? Carrot and beet seeds need to be planted further apart. Groundhogs like pumpkins.
  4. How did Karma for Cara impact your project? All the students got tools to use, and all the students had a chance to work in the garden.
  5. How will your project continue to impact others? We prepared the garden for winter so it will be ready for spring planting. It shows kids that it’s important to grow things and not destroy them. We smashed some pumpkins Miss Mickey bought and planted the seeds for next year.
  6. How many hours did you spend on your project? 2
  7. How many youth volunteers were involved in your project? 21
  8. How many total hours did other youth volunteers spend on your project? 45

Nicely done Abbigail and other student volunteers! Karma for Cara Foundation loves to support youth in their endeavors to better their communities. You’re never too young to make a difference!