Children’s Museum embarks on new project with Chef Howard and the Pleasant Plates Foundation

Chef Howard Farro, Garden Property owner Allean Jenkins and Katie Makemson (Photo by Maryanne Ketchum)

On Saturday July 26, 2020 members from the Children’s Museum, Board, staff and kids, came together to kick off a new venture and collaboration with well-known local, Chef Howard.

Chef Howard Farro, a Stuart native, has a passion for gardening and cooking and now he is using his talent to inspire others. His love for gardening and cooking came at a very early age. His Aunt Helen taught him how to compost and germinate seeds while other family members shared his enthusiasm for cooking. Today, Chef Howard manages community gardens throughout Martin County. These ”Community Gardens” embody the true spirit of the title as they are maintained by volunteers, neighbors and garden enthusiasts.

Tree Medic, Peggy Wood, Julia Wood Abruzzo, Ja’zlyah Thompson, Chef Howard, Rachel, Danny, Davis & Darcey Plummer, Patrick Williams, Colleen Holmes, Katie Makemson and Tammy Calabria (Photo by Maryanne Ketchum)

Many of the gardens live on friendly neighbors backyards who have the space available to donate to the project. “On
Saturday a handful of volunteers arrived, all strangers to one another, but worked together to pull weeds, lay compost and harvest the garden adjacent to New Monrovia Park in Port Salerno, just one of the Chef’s local
gardens. Chef Howard leaves his gardens open and available for everyone in the neighborhood, free of charge” says Tammy Calabria.

The Children’s Museum is collaborating with Pleasant Plates Foundation, led by Chef Howard, to educate children on growing edible gardens and using the produce to create simple recipes. The Children’s Museum will
work alongside Chef Howard distributing garden kits to families in Port Salerno and Indiantown, spreading the joy of gardening in the hopes of seeing more community gardens growing sprouting up throughout the county.

The Museum is enthusiastic about the potential of future educational programming and monthly demonstrations with Chef Howard. Take a walk with us as we grow our gardens and create culinary treats along the way by
visiting the Children’s Museums Facebook page.

We would like to thank the Board of Directors at Pleasant Plates Foundation, Chef Howard, our Board of Directors, Sailfish Point Foundation, and Multiple Donors for their contributions towards this wonderful
project. We would also like to thank MaryAnn Ketcham and Sevin Bullwinkle for volunteering their time to come and take photos.
The Museum is thankful for its amazing community partners. If your business would like to become a community partner with the Children’s Museum and ongoing projects, please feel free to contact Tammy
Calabria at 772-225-7575 ext. 203. For more information or overview of the Museum’s impact and mission
please visit

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