From the archives: June 14, 2011
On May 23th, the Gardeners and I gathered for our seed planting day. The day was beautiful….full of sun and warmth. A perfect day to gather in the garden!
The eight families who came out planted onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes as well as cucumber, corn, squash, and many other kinds of seeds. Ruth, one of our gardeners, brought out a sweet potato that she had already started in her own home and had some black eye peas to plant in her garden.
We were also joined by volunteers from Redeemer Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN. The volunteers were a part of “Live Out Love Day,” a day when congregations go out into the community to participate in different service projects. The volunteers who joined us donated all the materials to build a great fence to surround our new garden. We are very grateful for their hard work and for taking time to come out to the garden. Thank you Redeemer Lutheran Church Volunteers!
During the day, while I was speaking with Omoto, one of our other gardeners, he mentioned that he came home early from his English Language class just so he could plant his crops today. He also told me that the next day he was going to do a presentation for his class about what he did in the garden (by using the past tense of English, which he recently learned).
The most rewarding part of the day for me was to be able to teach some of the resident’s children how to plant and grow vegetables. Much of my time during the day was spent working with four girls who wanted to plant tomatoes and onions. I worked with the girls individually to show them how to turn the soil over, create the mounds of soil and then to actually plant the seeds. The girls were so excited to be able to grow their own vegetables! I was reminded from watching these young children just how much joy can come from planting your own food in the soil. It also reminded me about how important community gardens are for building confidence as well as creating opportunities for interacting with your neighbors.