|One of the most important jobs at the garden: watering!|
On Monday, we convened with Susan, Toni, and Scott, who are a few of our teachers, and learned about possible safety hazards, the history of gardens and our schedule for the next few weeks. Then, we went to visit the Orchard Garden and learned about the multitude of herbs that flourish in the garden.
|How many of these herbs can you identify?|
|Jagged-edged beet seeds|
|Delicious and tender harvested |
kale from the children's
|A healthy sorbet with |
The afternoon found us back at the Orchard Garden weeding, preparing beds and planting swiss chard. I didn’t know this before, but swiss chard and beets are from the same family, so their seeds look very similar.
|Myron showing us the three bin |
|Our Aboriginal weaving |
seed bag project
|Pailin raking the beds, readying |
them for seed-sowing!
On Friday, Kwesi talked to us about his research on gardens in Ghana. It was interesting to learn that gardening is highly encouraged in Ghana; in fact, in order to encourage people to be indepedent, the government launched "operation feed yourself" where every family has its own garden and schools are encouraged to train students up to learn how to garden and harvest. What a smart idea! This philosophy reminds me of a certain proverb: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
I've really enjoyed this week so far. It is much slower-paced than the ten-week practicum that we just finished, but it has been very rewarding. At first it was daunting, thinking about how much work there was to do with weeding, planting and rearranging beds. But this week has shown me that gardening really is fun and rewarding, especially when done with great people. We set short term as well as long term goals which has helped to keep me motivated and interested. It is also satisfying to spend hours weeding and planting, then standing back to admire the fruit of our labour! I'm looking forward to the next few weeks at the Orchard Garden.