|The first of the flowers I planted to bloom this summer.|
|I love summer breakfasts! Greek yogurt, granola and fresh blueberries!|
However, I have good news even if we aren't funded. Steve Whitaker at Double Helix Farms has offered to provide seeds for the garden (and plants if he has them) for free if we are not funded. The brothers who own the Freyaldenhoven Greenhouse have agreed to allow us space to start the seedlings for the students, which will mean higher production yields. We learned at the Love Your School project that the germination rates with students planting seeds are not very high (too many variables for errors). Kevin Haggerty, who is the current GardenCorps member working with the North Little Rock Community Farm has offered railroad ties to build the frames for the garden beds, as well. So, really, the only thing I haven't secured without funding is the soil for our garden.
That said, I am very much hoping we are funded because I would like to be able to purchase seeds to give back to the community, since that is the overall point of the project. I would also really like the rotating composting bins so that we can start a composting program in the cafeteria.
My associate, Joshua Stadther, has created an amazing resource for our after-school curriculum. He has developed an extensive encyclopedic database on all of the plants we will be planting in the garden. Also included is notes on composting and vermiculture, so we can fully explain to the students how composting works and what is needed to yield the best results. I am so excited to begin using these resources and cannot tell you how much I appreciate his help with this.
|Tennis Ball Lettuce grown from the Slow Food Seed pack my mom bought me for Christmas. Isn't it beautiful?|