I would like this logo to be fun & easy to read. One member of our group suggested text with some roots extending down from the letters. Use this as a starting point. Although fun & playful is important, I don't want it to look like a playschool or daycare logo. Simple is good as we will need to reproduce this on everything from t-shirts and mugs to large signs & banners. I'm thinking something that reads: youthful, grassroots, simple, inspiring.
I would also like to see a compatible font style that can be used with the actual logo graphic for naming our sponsors or benefactors which may change over time. For Example: New Roots Youth Garden, a Town of Cape Charles Youth Initiative. Or New Roots Youth Garden, sponsored by the Rotary.
Our garden sits in a very prominent location in a small Victorian town in a rather rural county. The garden is surrounded by a white picket fence. Our kids are black, white, and latino and range in age from 9-12. They raise vegetables, harvest them, cook them & eat them. They learn about garden wildlife & weather. They grow herbs & flowers and sell them at a local stand. They get exercise, socialize and spend time with responsible adults.
I have attached a file of a concept that one of our group members had. It is rough, but maybe you could go somewhere with it.