We've donated a garden plot to New Era School this year. They've got some great gardening projects going on at this small, inner-city school. As well as having different grades of kids starting seeds indoors and learning about gardening, New Era has created a community garden for families in the neighborhood. I love seeing kids learning about gardening, where their food comes from and getting out to commune with Mother Nature! I also love that New Era is really working at getting good food into their breakfast/lunch program and into their community! Very forward thinking, kudos to New Era!
Teacher Greg Dinsdale and teaching assistant/garden coordinator Blake Hamilton brought out a class of Grade 6'ers yesterday afternoon. This project has been slightly delayed due to weather but, finally, yesterday was a gorgeous day. Farmer Man had tilled the plot three days ago and then we'd had a good rain two days ago, so the plot was prime! Their session started with a little chat from Farmer Man (and Grizzly Bear, who otherwise would have been too disruptive): gardening organically, not to leave plastic pots and tags lying around, don't drink the water from the watering taps and stuff like that. Then a quick tour of the place. The goatlings were a huge hit! Everyone wanted to pick up a baby chick. The dogs were quite the stars, as well. Blaze the Border Collie was experiencing nirvana with all the tummy rubs! Kids even wanted to try to pet Rocky the Rooster, which we did not allow. Then, the kids got to work planting seedlings that had been raised by all grades at the school! Their little garden is looking great!
I just love the questions from children. One young man just wanted to know when the tomatoes would be ready, it was really important to him. Another wanted to know all about broccoli: was it a tree or bush? Would he recognize it? When would it be ready and how would he know? Had a few questions about why some of the chickens are white and some brown. We only had the kids for about fifteen minutes; I can only imagine the questions Blake and Greg were getting all afternoon! Same time next week, to finish planting and do some maintenance!
Down at Aagaard Farms we are busy planting, growing and tending gardens, chickens, goats, pigs and more! We sell direct to our customers through a Community Supported Agriculture program for families who don't have time or space to grow their own produce.
We practice sustainable growing using organic practices. Our desire is to bring fresh, naturally good food from our farm to your table. We are excited to share what's happening on the farm ... here on THE VINE!