Youth Gardeners

TWGC met with our second graders at Oaks Road Academy. After a lesson about trees and bulbs, the group planted a tree in honor of Arbor Day and spring bulbs. The students also wrote thank you notes to Mr Roger at Tractor Supply for providing the red maple tree.

The BEES are shown here learning about the crops of Craven County from Kathy Perretta. They were able to touch and smell all the samples provided by the Craven Extension office. Here the BEES are planting their cuttings from last month’s meeting. TWGC volunteers Carole Letellier and Ann G. Hall are helping.

11.1.2019 Frances Eder shows an Oaks Road Academy Bee how to separate seeds from a spent flower.
The children will plant the seeds in the spring.
11.1.2019 Carol Letellier admires the nosegays created by two Youth Gardener students from Oaks Road Academy.
11.1.2019 The BEEs created lovely cotton, lavender and bay leaf nosegays during our November 2019 class. Part of our meeting was learning about cotton, a Craven County crop.

October 2019 Youth Gardener Meeting

We had a slow start this year as we had a new teacher and classroom to establish before we met the children. We finally went to Oaks Road Academy on Friday, Oct. 4.  What a great group of 25 eager second graders!  But did you know there is preparation work to be done before this initial visit?  First, we needed to get the fall garden established by picking up and amending the gardens with 1600 pounds of compost from our local landfill in Tuscarora. At our first meeting, we introduced seeds and how they grow. The BEES planted radish and spinach seeds, in addition to broccoli, collards and lettuce plants.  In the wildflower area, they sprinkled seeds from NCDOT plus some poppy seeds. The BEES are expected to maintain the gardens until we return next month.

Environment and habitat were the words of the day.  So, we introduced our mascot, Woodsy Owl, combining his motto of “Lend A Hand, Care for the Land” with the need to recycle and reuse to help the world around us.  For a craft activity, the BEES made Woodsy puppets which they seemed to really enjoy (as witnessed by the photos).  Our visit was very bzzzy as always and if you would like to join us, we return on Nov. 1. We will be introducing Arbor Day by planting a tree plus making decorations for the hospital tree.  We’ll also squeeze in a lesson about bulbs and plant daffodils.    Call Carol Letellier or Paula Hartman if interested! Happy Fall!  The Garden Ladies:  Frances Eder, Eileen Griswold, Lori Gover, Ann Hall, Sylvia Cotton, and Kathy Perretta.

As every gardener knows the best vegetables and flowers start with good nutritious soil! TWGC President Paula Hartman (and her husband Tom) delivered 1600 lbs. of Tuscarora gold to the planting beds at Oaks Road Academy.
Planting collards October 4, 2019
Fun with the Woodsy the Owl puppets the kids made! October 4, 2019

TWGC reaches out every month with a visit to our second grade “Bees” at Oak Road Academy. Teaching the children about plants, trees, vegetables, nature and the environment. TWGC members help the children with ongoing projects such as: planting a vegetable garden and later enjoying the fruits of their labors, planting a tree for Arbor Day, learning about the National Forestry Service and their mascot Smokey the Bear, to craft projects the kids get to take home. A lovely healthy snack is provided and everyone thoroughly enjoys their time together!

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