A warm welcome to our new blog! We hope that you’ll continue to read about the exciting adventures of the Washington Youth Garden at this new blog site. Unfortunately, due to a technical snafu, our old blog was devoured by the ravenous jaws of Google cyberspace. Fortunately, the past few weeks have been full of excitement and helped ease the grief. And what better time than spring for new beginnings?
The warmer weather has brought a bustle of new garden activity. With the hard work of our ever-expanding staff, aided by groups of new and returning volunteers, the garden is leaping full force into a new growing season. Bed preparation and planting efforts are in full force. Last week Brassica seedlings, including cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower found their new home in rows of rich soil.
We also welcomed our first SPROUT groups to the gardens last week. Cesar Chavez High School students launched their hands-on exploration of DC food deserts with a visit to the WYG. After discussing the complexities of local versus conventional food systems, the group trekked out to the garden to learn see food production in action and pick their very own samples of kale and asparagus. The garden also wowed younger visitors, Pre-K and Kindergarten groups who touched, tasted and smelled their way around the garden before learning about healthy eating and tasting a delicious rainbow kabob of fruit. The youngsters had a chance to get creative, climbing on logs, building with tree cookies and playing marimbas in the Nature Explore Classroom.
The bustle of spring activity has just begun, so we hope you’ll continue to follow us on our new blog to learn more about our school gardens, visiting student groups and opportunities to show your support.