How does your garden grow?

Sisters Maria  and Zara McFarland under the sunflower, with tomatoes and kale.

Sisters Maria
and Zara McFarland under the sunflower, with tomatoes and kale.

The garden planted by the second-graders from Cannonsburg Elementary School is doing very well. Every year Don Kurylowicz donates space behind the Grist Mill in his 4 raised beds

Mazie Carpentier with a cucumber (and some  kitty-cat face paint).

Mazie Carpentier with a cucumber (and some
kitty-cat face paint).

for the kids to plant so they can learn where groceries come from, from the ground up. With help from local gardener Georgia Donovan and some parent volunteers, about 40 children swoop in with trowels, seeds, plants, and markers, following a plan drawn in the dirt with corn meal lines. Colorful varieties include edible Nasturtiums, Golden Honey Bunch tomatoes, curly kale, and Bright Lights swiss chard.

The kids are encouraged to visit the garden over the summer, to sample the fruits of their labor and further the sense of community that a garden can bring.

 

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