Please click below to see photos of four amazing volunteers loading the Benjamins' playhouse onto Troy Pabst's trailer and heading to the YG where it was positioned on the garden site for use as a kid friendly potting shed. Photos by Perne Maynard
Archie Tanner, Brian Pabst, Chuck Mayer and Dave Benjamin used their skills in engineering, mechanics, and problem solving, and some pretty impressive trucks and tools to figure out and accomplish this feat. No challenge is too big for these guys! More photos are coming of the arrival of the shed at the garden, an exciting event photographed by Bob Maynard. You can learn more in articles on the TYG Facebook page and on Bob's soon to be up and running new blog:
http://lovetolland.weebly.com/tolland-youth-garden-blog.html. Many thanks to Archie, Brian, Chuck and Dave, Troy and Bob!
Kurt Werner, CT Master Gardener candidate led the Magical Seed workshop at the Tolland Library on April 12 for a dozen eager young planters and their families. They learned how to mix planting soil, to make their own seed pots, o plant and transplant.
THANK YOU, Kurt.
Seed Starting April 12 at Tolland Library
Did you know bees are responsible for every one third bite of food we eat!
Did you know that bees are in trouble? Bees are disappearing in alarming numbers because of a nasty problem called Bee Colony Disorder.
What we don't know is how this is affecting bees in Tolland.
In 2008, The Great Sunflower Project started to gather information and to give us the tools to learn about what is happening with the pollinators in our area. The GSP now has the largest single body of information about bee pollinator service in North America. Thanks to thousands of observers from all over the country, the GSP can determine where pollinator service is strong or weak compared to averages. Connecticut has the highest concentration of pollination service in the country!
Participants in TYG programs this growing season will be able to plant sunflower seeds (see related post on Magical Seed Workshop) and take counts of the number and types of pollinators visiting plants at the TYG, especially sunflowers in the new Great Sunflower Wall.
Anyone can count pollinators wherever you go, on any plant, and report your findings to the GSP. You can even count if you can't identify the plant. You can help by watching a plant and recording how many pollinators visit over 15 minutes, or by recording pollinators as you take a walk!
To learn more about the Great Sunflower Project and how you can contribute to this important scientific study and conservation effort, go to the Great Sunflower Project web page: http://www.greatsunflower.org/node/1000010
A Tolland Youth Garden Workshop for kids ages 5 – 10
Saturday, April 12 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
at the Tolland Library No fee
We'll explore garden magic where it begins - with seeds and soil.! Learn to make your own potting soil and seed starting pots. Pick from a variety of seeds to plant: flowers, herbs, vegetables. You can plant sunflower seeds for the GREAT SUNFLOWER PROJECT (see related post). Take your seedling home and watch it grow! Instructor: Kurt Werner, TYG member and CT Master Gardener candidate.
TOLLAND YOUTH GARDEN STEWARDS TRAINING
Saturday, April 19 1 – 3 p.m. Ages 11 – 18
at the Tolland Library
Fee for first timers: $10 Returning Stewards: no fee
This leadership training opportunity is for youth interested in exploring the joys and benefits of gardening with children and community service at the same time. Stewards will be asked to volunteer to work with adult instructors for at least three Tuesday morning sessions in the SOWING SEEDS OF SUNSHINE 2014 Youth Garden Summer Gardening Program at Crandall Park. If they wish, Stewards can complete requirements for certification as Junior Master Gardeners by the University of CT Tolland County Extension Service. Ten Stewards have been certified since 2012. Watch for registration information in the Tolland Recreation Department Newsletter in early April in your mailbox. Not a Tolland resident? Please contact Sandie at 860-872-4830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH GARDEN FAIRY AND WIZARD FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 7 10 pm – noon (note time change)
AGES 3 - 10 accompanied by an adult
FEE $5 ($10 family cap) LOCATION Crandall Pavilion and Tolland Youth Garden
Come spend an afternoon discovering the joy and delight of fairy and wizard houses! We’ll begin with storytelling, face painting, and crafts at Crandall Pavilion before journeying through the enchanted forest to the Tolland Youth Garden. Learn how to build your own fairy house from natural materials gathered near our Monarch Way Station. Enchanting fun for all ages but magical for ages 3-8! Fairy and wizard costume attire welcome. Instructors: Christine, Eliza, Emma and Julia Browning
Tolland Youth Garden Programs Offer opportunities for participants to:
• Plant, nurture and harvest their own vegetables, flowers, fruits and herbs
• Prepare and eat their own healthy crops
• Learn how plants grow from seed to maturity
• Gain an awareness of the natural world around them
•Participate in community service by harvesting fresh produce for local food banks and soup kitchens
Throughout the 2013 growing season adult leaders, Youth Stewards and students harvested fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables from the Tolland Garden Paths Youth Garden. At summer gardening class students learned how to prepare snacks like salsa and dips to share with each other and with their families, learning together what it takes to grow and to make delicious, healthy foods. Enjoying snacks they created themselves encouraged children’s independence and their likelihood to make healthy eating choices. They were able to practice reading, science, math and team building skills. Plus, they made new friends and had a lot of fun!
Community service is an important part of TYG gardening programs. Debbie Kupfer, TYG Volunteers Coordinator and CT Certified Master Gardener, organized dozens of students and volunteers to harvest over 80 lbs of produce this summer for the Rockville Cornerstone Soup Kitchen. The Cornerstone chef was thrilled to have fresh food to incorporate into the meals served to adults and children who eat their meals at the Kitchen while in temporary need of assistance.
Volunteers of all ages maintain the TYG. There is an opportunity for adults, teens and families to pitch in this coming Saturday, October 12 10 a.m. – noon to get the Youth garden ready for a long winters nap. If you can donate an hour or two please join in the fun. Wear garden gloves and footwear. Tools and snacks will be provided. For more information please contact TYCoordinator, Sandie Benjamin, email@example.com 860-872-4830.