The pilot program for our children’s garden is an initial attempt to educate, and allow children and parents to experience the joys of growing vegetables from seed. We have begun this program with four plots within the area designated in the Farm.
Just after the Grand Opening for Skidaway Farms, a crop of cool weather (early) vegetables was planted: garlic, onions, radishes, spinach, parsley, and carrots as well as pumpkins. Pat Barry, Skidaway Farms’ Children’s Coordinator, will monitor the progress and inform the participants when “things” start to sprout.
As the Farm waits with great anticipation for our first children’s harvest, meetings will be conducted with the Children on selected Saturdays from 10 AM until 11 AM. Initially, they may learn the fine art of weeding, if nothing else! The children will tend and cultivate the veggies as they mature. A harvesting celebration is envisioned for the children, when they will be able to remove their produce to take home.
Three volunteers have assisted Pat Barry with the tilling, mulching and building of the furrows: Aletha Dunlavy, Kathy Fritz, and Linda Rich, the current president of Green Thumb Garden Club.
Skidaway Farms would like to encourage others to join the Children’s Garden and help us continue to develop and “grow” this wonderful program. (March 2011)