Co-Planning New Farm Site–thanks SWNIC youth!


This week we asked the youth in the summer gardening program what they wanted for the new farm site, and this is what they had to offer:


Field Trips

Kids in our program thought it would be great to be able to take class field trips to the new farm site.


Family/Neighborly Plots

Some youth were interested in growing at the farm, in plots shared with their family and/or neighbors. We talked about having neighbor & neighbor plots as a way to get to know each other better (and hopefully make new friends!).



There was a lot of enthusiasm for farm animals. Unfortunately due to the size of the plot and location, the farm is only set-up for plants.  We hear you thought!


Cooking/Food Preservation Workshops

Our youth wanted to continue learning how to cook what comes from the garden, and we think it’s a great idea.

There was also the idea of learning to make pickles (and presumably other food preservation).

Also along the lines of cooking, a few of our youth were interested in teaching how to cook a dish that they have at home and LOVE: fufu. We’re looking forward to it.

garden plot

And a LONG fruits and veggies wishlist:

  • strawberries
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • flowers
  • cherries
  • eggplant
  • apples
  • oranges
  • pears
  • beans
  • peas
  • cantalope
  • corn
  • peaches
  • cauliflower
  • grapes
  • squash
  • carrots
  • radishes
  • potatoes
  • lettuce
  • broccoli
  • apricots
  • green beans
  • mint
  • onions
  • watermelon
  • bananas
  • lilies
  • daisies
  • colorful flowers
  • cabbage

Not all of the above will be possible with our climate here, but there is a surprising array of cold-hardy tropicals available.


That’s all for now. In the coming months we’ll be gathering more community input on the site.



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