Tuesday when I picked up my first-grade granddaughter Sarah from school, we didn’t go directly home to get ready for Yoga. We stayed at school because she’s in a Garden Club. The club is managed by wonderful volunteer parents. They had a lot of growing things in their beds.
(Swiss Chard or Brocollini)
First thing the kids (of all ages) did was to build a bird feeder. Pretty easy, but lots of fun. Complicated by the varying times kids showed up. “Ms. Amy,” as the kids called her would give directions and then more kids would show up. (It takes a while to get kids dismissed from school.) Ms. Amy was cool and managed well. She emphasized the kids doing things by themselves. The feeder has to dry for 24 hours, then they can hang it up.
After working on the bird feeder, the kids planted onions. (Sarah sticking the tiny bud way down in the dirt.)
Then they began to harvest veggies: beans, peas, radishes, swiss chard, and broccolini. The carrots weren’t ready yet. Did you know you can eat pea flowers, and they taste just like peas? I didn’t. Sarah tried a flower and didn’t spit it out. I’ll take that as a recommendation. Radishes
Now, I’m not a gardener. I do well to keep my potted plants outside and my violets inside going. We put in a garden in one of my schools, and I do understand the value of what kids and adults can learn from working on a garden. The list is endless, but here are a few:
Learning where your food comes from
Valuing fresh veggies
Developing healthy eating habits
Learning to work with others
Math skills when you figure how to build the beds and how much space you need for X number of plants
I could go on and on. What you need to begin is a couple of knowledgeable staff people or parent volunteers to take on the project. Bringing in the whole community is important. And of course, some money to get you going.
Do your kids or grandkids have a school garden? Does your community? Do you have a green thumb and like to dig in the dirt? Love to hear from you.
P. S. I’d love to have one more Beta Reader for ACT OF SURVIVAL. Looks like it will be mid-December before I can send it your way. Thanks to two the Toni’s who’ve volunteered.