Though it’s now months past, we have yet to share updates from the end of the summer at the garden! The beginning of August was a great finish to summer camp full of tons of different activities. We spent some days talking about the food system, which included chalking out a huge map on the basketball court, tracing the path corn takes from a farm to the store shelf as popcorn. We used up some of our thousands of tomatoes to make our own pizzas for lunch one day in the community center, topping them with freshly picked peppers, basil, and zucchini from the garden.
One of the most popular craft projects we did was painting small pots and planting our own geraniums in them. We had some good conversations about how to best care for our plants, though many people left them behind at the garden for decoration.
Our Bennett Homes Community Farm t-shirts also came in, which was a really exciting day! The back of the shirts say, “We grow our own,” and we spent the afternoon brainstorming a list of different things we grow in the garden. It was a great activity to stop and think about all the things that happen every day in the garden: growing food, friendships, self-confidence, beauty, fun, health, skills, our minds, and community. We had fabric markers so everyone could decorate the back of their shirts with whatever words or drawings they wanted, which was followed by a photo shoot with everyone wearing their shirts. For the rest of the day, you could spot garden people from far away in our electric green shirts.
One of the summer’s highlights was the Block Party we held in the garden after the last day of camp. We handed out invitations around the Bennett, hoping to bring in community members who have been involved in the garden in the past/present, as well as some new people. We had a pretty good turnout, especially from youth who haven’t come out to the garden frequently or at all. Some older kids from camp went around and surveyed adults who might be interested in receiving produce, to help us inform how our new produce distribution service will be organized (more news on this soon!). We also planted a ton of berry bushes in our empty beds and harvested and distributed tomatoes, peppers, basil, eggplant, and watermelon. It was a fun evening listening to music, working together in the garden, and meeting new people!
Overall, we’re so happy with how the summer ended up. Rachel, Jesse, Blaine, Laura, Thomas, and I got to work with such a wonderful group of kids, and it was awesome to be able to spend so much time at the garden every week! We’re so thankful for everyone who was involved with and supported camp.
Stayed tuned for another post soon with updates from the fall season (then hopefully we’ll be back on track and won’t fall so far behind again!). We’ve also uploaded new photos to our Flickr, so be sure to check that out too!
We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!!