Hi All and Good Evening!
Today was sadly our last day in the garden. The semester is quickly coming to a close and that means we had to say goodbye to the Sanderlin garden and also to our classes. Lia and I showed up at the garden and did our routine walk around. It is still so fascinating to see all the new beauty that the garden has to offer every week. Green is exploding in every single bed. The Sanderlin garden has flourished in such an amazing way. To think that this was the same garden that we started on in February is almost unbelievable. Some things that I specifically noticed today were the sizes of the eggplants and the peppers. They have gotten massive! Also, the tomatoes are beginning to take great size. The Kale has grown to be quite bountiful. So much has been grown in this short amount of time.
Our second grade class made their way out in the garden like any other day. Today was a different day that consisted of no lesson. Instead, we just talked about the upcoming harvest festival and all the food that is going to be prepared for the kids. They got so excited! It was awesome to see them want to be so involved in this project. They take so much pride in this garden and that is the most rewarding thing. We did our last walk around the garden with them and I could feel the same excitement that has been prevalent all semester. The kids insisted on weeding, so we got down and dirty and weeded most of the garden. We ended the class with catching lady bugs, since they seemed to be plentiful today. We said our last goodbyes and shared hugs. It was a lovely day.
This semester has really changed my views towards gardening and kids. It is so wonderful to see the love the kids have for this garden and I share this love with them. The age gap doesn't seem to matter when we are all laughing about the same green things that are growing. I am inspired in many ways to come back and be a part of the Peace Patch next semester. I also want to try to get involved in something like this where I am from! It has been a great time.
Until next semester,