Fall is in the air and the time for harvest is upon us. As the harvest festivals kick into full swing, there is a little garden at the Cedaredge Library that has yielded a special crop.
As part of this year's summer reading program, kids were taught about the planting cycle. On day one they built a bulletin board that would take them deep into the ground, learning about the different layers of earth starting from fossils and working their way back up to the surface. Then, with the assistance of librarian Cara Morton, they put together a terrarium that included plant tags and pumpkin or bean seeds. Two seeds were planted in a see-through container so they could watch the plant go through its growth cycle. "Watching the kids have fun," said Morton, "I decided to invite the Girl Scouts to take our extra raised garden bed we had in back of the library. I thought it would be a wonderful and fulfilling learning experience."
The Girl Scout Troop jumped at the opportunity, and the results were fruitful. "The troop eagerly staked out their territory and planted with wild abandon," recalled Morton.
It is a crop rooted in learning and watered in love by the young ladies in Girl Scout Troop #10263. "Oh, the kids had such a blast planting," said troop leader Amanda Cerise. "We will be back to harvest the plants and start up our meetings in the fall!"
Lea Hart, library regional manager, was thrilled. "Not only is the garden a great addition to the Cedaredge Library but the staff and kids love watching things grow and then have an opportunity to harvest it in the fall." Hart continued, "It provides a great way to share with the community. This is truly what all of the library programs are about, building community while learning in a fun environment. The Girls Scouts will meet at the library, so it will add a sense of pride as well, starting, checking up, and then completing a project. It also gives the kids a great sense of one of the most important businesses in our county, agribusiness. This is something that is not taught in school or at home in many cases, so this is a great opportunity to expose the children in a fun environment."
As for the other seeds that were planted, those kids will also reap their reward. "When the miniature pumpkins are ready to pick, I will harvest and then deliver them to the elementary school library," said Morton. "I want to show all of the kids what great gardeners they are!"blog comments powered by Disqus