Our Seed to Supper campers have been busy in the garden these past five weeks - planting watermelons and sunflowers, learning about various herbs, weeding, watering and harvesting cucumbers, carrots, squash, lettuce, and potatoes! In the past two weeks, the vegetables, fruits and flowers of the garden have really started to bloom and produce, giving the children an opportunity to care for growing plants and do plenty of harvesting.
This week, we had a special guest, chef Carla Hall of Top Chef fame, visit the children in the garden. Carla did a fantastic cooking demo with the kids, helping them create a salad of garden greens, carrots and beets that they harvested themselves. The children made individualized vinaigrettes using herbs from our garden to put on their salads. The kids enjoyed Carla's positive energy and were enthusiastically involved in creating the food! (To the left, Seed to Supper campers help chop veggies and another camper shows off his beet-stained hands)
For more pictures of Carla and the kids in the garden, go to www.fona.org!
Though we have faced some challenges with the kids this summer, we have been thrilled to witness many children experiencing transformations in the garden - developing care and enthusiasm for plants, overcoming fears of insects and spiders, trying new foods and discovering a love for cooking. We are looking forward to another couple of weeks with the Seed to Supper kids and hope lots of folks will come out and see what's growing in the garden!
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