Give a man food and you feed him once; teach him how to farm and you feed him forever. With the success of our greenhouse project, Delta Opportunity School decided to see if any of the families who received weekly backpacks of supplemental food would like to garden.
We decided to use some of our donation money to purchase community garden plots and provide vegetable starts from our greenhouse to families who wanted to provide their own supplemental food during the summer. Applications were sent home in all the backpacks. One family with kids at BELA preschool jumped at the chance to garden.
Food for Thought had been a blessing for Lily, 4, and Lana, 4 1⁄2. However, gardening with their mom Brandi Herbison was even better. Brandi's stepdaughter Crystal, 9, and Brandi's mother and brother also pitched in to help. According to Brandi, the radishes were the first vegetables ready, but the kids didn't like them. The kids are now anxiously watching the cantaloupe and watermelon, waiting for them to get big enough to eat. The garden also has corn, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, yellow squash, tomatoes and sunflowers. Some bachelor's buttons and marigolds bring wonderful flowers and color to the garden. Many of the vegetable starts were from the Delta Opportunity students' greenhouse project. During the spring the science classes planted seeds, studied, and cared for the plants.
Many plants were sold, but the ones given to the Food for Thought family were the most rewarding. Brandi also shared packets of seeds with her mom and expanded upon the start DOS provided. Brandi had tried gardening in pots where she lived and was thrilled to have the community garden space to expand. She said she learned a lot about gardening and cannot wait to grow even more food next summer.
It has been a wonderful pilot project and I hope we can provide this opportunity for even more families next year. It brings so many of our learning and service projects together and makes a positive difference for a family.blog comments powered by Disqus