There are several chances throughout the week in which you can give 1 to 3 hours to help out with any or all of the tasks the garden holds. See below!
Types of Tasks in Garden:
`Preparing beds for planting
`Pulling weeds, watering plants
`Up-Potting transplants in Greenhouse
`Working with the compost piles
`Working with kids in afterschool Garden club
`Maintaining perennial flowers and bushes
`Building structures (pea trellis, more)
*Spring Work Party Hours Starting in May:
Wednesdays: 6 – 8pm
**Saturdays: 9 – 4pm
*Want to come a different time? Contact us.
**Saturdays from 9 – 1pm is the Lincoln Soccer League. Come watch kids play soccer, cook snacks for them, interact with the parents, or simply work in the garden.**
Check out this contest with the goal to get 1 million kids introduced to veggies! Anyone who wants to inspire kids to dig real food can join Root 4 Kids simply by committing to helping kids in your life complete at least one of these activities: 1) Eat a new veggie; 2) Plant a new veggie; 3) get new veggies to schools; 4) play games and learn about real food or 5) encourage 5 friends to join Roots4Kids.
Sign up and make your commitment at http://root4kids.com/join/. (This is being sponsored by Annie’s Foods.) Then let us at the Lincoln Garden know how we can help you reach your goal. Use the “contact us” page if you’d like. The contest ends May 31st but our love for kids and food will not stop there.
We have tomato transplants growing in the greenhouse and more to arrive soon. The greenhouse needs to be opened in case it gets too hot and closed for the night. Transplants and new seeds need to be watered to make sure they get a good start. Let Cheryl know if you are able to help in ams or pms for 1-2 days a week through June or be a back-up! Contact Cheryl if you are interested in helping cgood4 (at) yahoo.com.
Monday Open Garden hours – (We will be changing these times, as needed. To get updates on garden hours, sign up for this blog or join our email list and indicate you want to volunteer in the garden. You can also check the gate by the garden to see what is happening.) We aren’t afraid of some rain or occasional showers, but if its pouring continuously we will cancel. Come learn about gardening or add your knowledge to the day’s activities.
Monday April 25 5-6:30pm – Plant lettuce and beets. Turn compost pile.
Monday May 2nd 5-6:30pm – Build new compost pile – Bring your kitchen veggie waste and coffee grounds!
Monday May 9th 5-6:30pm – TBD
Monday May 16th 5-6:30pm – TBD
Monday May 23rd 5-6:30pm – TBD
May 30th – Memorial Day (as volunteers are available) – TBD
Oregon Natural Resources Education Program offers regular workshops for educators throughout Oregon. Through hands-on, interactive, and investigative strategies that foster how to think, not what to think , teachers learn how to meet state and national learning standards while engaging students in relevant, meaningful, and place-based learning. Through the use of balanced, non-biased curricula teachers involve students in lessons that promote the development of the critical thinkers and creative problem solvers of the future, who are prepared for life and work in the 21st Century. They also provide substitute reimbursement for teachers in Oregon. Check out their website to see their upcoming workshops http://www.cof.orst.edu/onrep/. Thanks for your work ONREP!
Thanks to a generous donation from Willamette Graystone here in South Corvallis, we were able to put in stepping stones into our garden walkways. The goal is to have “steppables” or other plants grow among the pavers so that we only have to weedwhack a couple of times of years, if any. A student group from Steve Cook’s Geo 300 Sustainability Class at Oregon State, worked hard to clean up the paths and put in pavers. Here are the before shots…
And the after shots…
Thanks to Rick, Karan and Rob at Willamette Graystone for their support of our goal to connect kids to fresh vegetables.
Just as the summer gardening activities are winding down, the school year brings on a new momentum and subtle encouragement to plan for the winter. What’s the after school garden club been up so far?
– Planting Garlic… first time to dig in the soil, added some compost and now just waiting for the green tips to emerge
– Making Salsa… All the ingredients were in the garden just needed the buy the chips. The kids now expect food at each class!
– Clearing a “past due” bed of sunflowers and digging the soil to turn in compost. Then broadcast sowing of fava beans (unfortunately found out they had weevils!) and vetch (for good luck).
– Digging potatoes with the plan to cook them on a rainy day.
Upcoming Plans for Garden Club and Open Garden Hours on Mondays 5-6pm.
– Harvesting dried seed from flowers around the garden to make our own flower seed mixes.
– Building up the worm compost bin to ensure mass through the winter (the split tomatoes should help with that)
– Building another compost pile with food from after school meal program and garden stuff (dying plants, weeds, etc)
– Eating our Brassica’s (Broccoli, Kale, etc)
– Covering our lettuce bed to make a small cloche to help them grow through the winter.
What are you planning for your winter garden?
Just because its fall doesn’t mean that our school garden stops growing! In fact, it is the time to ramp up our garden activities with the students and teachers now returning to school. If you have any love for gardens or kids or nutrition or science or math or just like to do fun things, we’d like you to help us this fall!! Please consider these opportunities:
Garden Mentor – mentors assist in the after school garden club and learn along with the group of 3rd-5th graders! (3:45-5:15pm Mon/Wed – choose one or both days)
Garden Lifesaver – water the garden 1x a week, as needed on the day of your choice
Garden Teacher’s Helper – If you have schedule flexibility, sign up to be one of many garden helpers to help give an extra set of adult eyes in the garden with a teacher’s classroom activities
Garden Host – become a host for an open garden night/afternoon/morning of your choice and work with community members, kids, parents who show up for your garden hours.
Special Projects – as an educational garden, we are interested in others learning or sharing their learning in the garden. We already have a rain barrel, compost bins and pollinator gardens, but we’d like a grape arbor/trellis, native plants gardens, rain garden, mason bee log, mushrooms, or whatever you can offer!