On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Magic Zone youth joined us for their weekly afternoon class in Koshland Garden. After settling in our garden circle and doing a short quiet meditation, Janine Gee, one of our long standing volunteers at CommunityGrows read a story entitled Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell. Angie Lemus, one of our current BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens), helped to get supplies ready from the garden shed.
Then everyone moved up to the garden to plant lima beans, taking turns to dig deep into the soil with a hoe.
One of the highlights of the afternoon was finding a hug persimmon on our tree in the orchard.
After everyone got a chance to plant and hoe, they filled water buckets and moved around the garden watering everything, finding bugs, and picking raspberries.
Magnifying glasses came out to better explore. Ending their time in the garden many of them took up brooms and swept the garden stage and steps, gathered loose tools throughout the garden, and returned water buckets to the shed.
The class ended with everyone sharing their appreciations.