Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Growing Food... Growing Together

Every Saturday morning brings us fifteen wonderful families to the youth garden. They are a part of Growing Food...Growing Together, a ten year old program of the Washington Youth Garden that provides gardening space, resources, and instruction for area families. For fifteen weeks, families come to the youth garden to tend communal vegetable and herb growing spaces and go home with a share of the harvest every week.

In addition to our gardening, we learn about compost, nutrition, bees, healthy cooking, preserving, and many more topics through guest speakers who come to share their knowledge with us. We also go to the local farmers' market three times throughout the course of the program to sell some of our wares and meet our neighbors.

Though all this rainy weather has been holding us back a bit, we've gotten a good amount of gardening in over these first four weeks. We learned about soil and how to prep areas for planting. We planted beans and mulched them the following week. Kim Rush Lynch, former director of the Washington Youth Garden and current integrative health counselor, came to talk nutrition with us by sharing the best ways to choose whole, balanced, sustaining foods and avoid sugary, processed, and fatty products. On tap for next week is planting, planting, planting, as well as a session about container gardening.

Above: planting pole beans. Below: stirring the compost.

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