BPD in the Community: BPD Teen Police Academy Gardens with the Urban Farming Institute

Last week, the BPD Teen Police Academy had the opportunity to do some gardening with the volunteers for the Urban Farming Institute at the garden behind the Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center in Mattapan. The volunteers from UFI worked with the teens to show them the different aspects of urban farming, including teaching the kids about the many types of vegetables they grow. The teens dug right in and learned quickly that “many hands make light work,” delighting the UFI volunteers at how much gardening they accomplished in one day. Not only did the Academy kids learn the importance of volunteering to help in their community, but they made it fun by providing their own soundtrack, spontaneously breaking into song and dance during a little down time! 

The  students will celebrate their graduation from the TPA tomorrow Thursday, August 10, 2017 with a run from District B-2 (Roxbury) to BPD Headquarters in the morning and a graduation ceremony in the evening at the Boston Police Academy.