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Vacation Viddles Program Gearing Up During COVID-19

By Olivia Barnes

Summer is just around the corner and, with the start of the season, brings delicious, locally-grown, fresh produce. Randolph Keaton of Men and Women United for Youth and Families has found a way to involve youth and provide for fresh produce for local communities.

Randolph Keaton, Men and Women United Founder

The Vacation Viddles Program engages youth like 4-H’ers and Youth Ambassadors to learn about sustainable agriculture and how important farming is to our communities. Middle and High schoolers can grow and distribute fresh produce like cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and blueberries with the help of local farmers. Not only does it benefit local youth, the program also provides economic growth for farmers. The Vacation Viddles Program helps communities thrive economically in addition to investing in youth by opening the door for more opportunities, influencing their career choices and offering internships.

Randolph Keaton says that the program “helps young people understand the importance of having access to fresh produce and engaging in a healthy lifestyle.”

The Vacation Viddles Program works closely with Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties and the NC Cooperative Extension to bring fresh produce to those who may not have access to it. This program is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic because the program offers delivery services.

The Vacation Viddles Program partners with various organizations and is open to partnering with organizations to serve the citizens of local communities. You can find this organization and their fresh produce at the Elizabethtown Farmers Market or order online.

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