The garden design from last year called for a gazebo and for entrance arches. They are almost finished. The kids are going to love this gazebo. They already love the garden.
Mr. Barry Webb , who is the construction instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College was able to take a picture (above) and turn it into a reality. The crew had started around the first of April and have almost finished the job.
The sign on the truck door announced the arrival of the building crew.
William James and I took a walk around the garden. He is kind of new to gardening and wanted to know exactly what needs to be done next. I wanted to know all about what has happened with the kids, the staff, and the produce.
Mr. James was really proud of the strawberries. There is a bumper crop coming on and a few days ago the boys and girls were able to have an afternoon snack with strawberries from the garden and some bananas that had been donated from a local organization.
I liked this, also–earlier this spring, we got the kids in the garden and cleaned out the beds. To make room for lettuce and spinach, the kids harvested over a hundred pounds of turnips and turnip greens which were donated to the local community kitchen. Is that cool or what? One organization growing produce for another. At any rate, the produce goes where it is needed.
Mr. James told me that the children had had a number of afternoon salads from the garden with their own lettuce, onions, radishes, and spinach leaves. He told me that the staff started sending “salad makings” home with the parents.
Now we are getting ready to plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, and lots of other veggies for the summer season. Below is a picture of the almost finished gazebo with William James and Diane Harbin. Mrs. Harbin is a member of Three Rivers Garden Club and has directed the garden project. She knows how to get the job done.
Every time I visit the garden, watch, and interact with the children, I come away with a happy feeling. It is an amazing project. It helps people to laugh, work, learn, eat, and above all share.
This garden provided food for over 200 members of the Boys and Girls Club last summer and fall. It provided learning for children and adults alike. It is an amazing project. I am proud to be a part in it.
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4 thoughts on “Boys and Girls Club vegetable garden update”
And I am proud of you for doing it. What a joyous, useful experience for the children!
Your writings are always motivational; but this project is awesome!!! It inspires me to get involved and promote a similar project in our neck of the woods. You are not just growing fantastic strawberries but planting the seeds of knowledge in our children – it is up to us to be sure they know carrots don’t start out in a cellophane bag! Can’t wait to see more garden updates from johntheplantman!!!
You’re a good man, Mr. Schulz.