In the winter of 2017, the YWCA Mel Wolf Child Development Center applied for and was awarded the competitive Governor’s Mini-STEM Grant for $2,000! This grant enabled us to begin a project we had longed for: a raised-bed garden. The mini-grant allowed us to install four raised beds. As a WV DHHR-certified Tier II child development center, we seek opportunities that allow children to learn through their environment. This includes offering chances for children to participate in hands-on learning experiences. Gardening is all hands-on and involves many different facets of learning for young children.