Co-Planning New Farm Site–thanks SWNIC youth!

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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!).

 

Animals

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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