Summer Recap: “Campos Campers,” Girls and Boys of all Ages, Learn, Eat and Grow

After such a slow start to the season, we were eager to get the kids into the garden in earnest–the whole reason we created the permanent garden, after all.  By mid-July, the plants started getting healthy and producing flowers, and the garden was up and running.

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And so, finally, it was time to begin welcoming our young neighbors for regular classes and visits. We had visitors from the neighborhood, nearby housing sites, camps and groups homes, informal and scheduled visits. Here are the highlights:

Jamar loves to pick beans–he eats them right off the plant.

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Picking chives:

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Girls from a local group home tending the three sisters garden:

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Campers from nearby Campos Plaza’s Cornerstone Community Center day camp came on outings to:

  • learned about the plants;
  • plant some seeds for the fall;
  • prep the straw bales for planting spinach; and
  • taste cucumbers right out of the garden.

During one visit, we had 60 kids from 4 to 11 exploring the garden at once! So we broke them into groups based on age, the bears, the lions and the dragons, if I recall. Cute doesn’t even describe how these kids were in the garden. Eager, happy, hungry for learning and for food!

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Straw bales waiting for campers
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Bales after campers topped off with soil mix
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Making rows for spinach seeds

 

One day the campers planted seeds for lettuce, arugula, spinach, swiss chard, lacinato kale, collard greens, mizuna, broccoli, broccoli rabe, brussels sprouts, mixed asian greens, among several others.

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Counselors help label pots for fall seeds
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Seedlings a week later

 

We picked cucumbers and ate them in the garden with fresh mint yogurt sauce

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Tiny camper exploring the cucumbers
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A happy camper!
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Learning how to cook
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Learning from each other
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Lining up to take turns
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YUM! Cukes with mint yogurt sauce!
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Fresh from the garden

 

One regular teen gardener loved to come to pick the harvest because it reminded her of her grandmother’s garden in Haiti, which also had a three sisters garden with corn, beans and Haitian pumpkins (for Soup Joumou, of course!).

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Three Sisters in Full

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Another successful summer with the neighborhood youth wraps up!

A summer collage
A summer collage

 

 

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