The mission of The Growing Peace Project is to break down cultural divides by bringing together students from varying backgrounds. Through a year-long collaboration between schools in different parts of the country students come together to learn about each other’s cultures, address social justice issues, and engage in service learning.   The school-year project culminates in a summer leadership retreat for select students, which includes volunteer service in a free food garden for needy community members. The retreat and the gardening project are located on Galusha Hill in the woods of Vermont. The Growing Peace Project is a program of Milestone Adventures, Inc, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.  There is no fee for schools to participate. Director Jacqueline Labate donates her time to serve as project coordinator.