Spring has sprung, and our twice-weekly lessons at Common Ground Garden are reaching a midpoint. While half our students are taking their last trips to the garden, a whole new group is preparing to explore it for the first time. During this transitional period, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve done in the garden so far, and highlight how all Terman families can get more involved with Common Ground.
Back in January, our lessons started with a scavenger hunt through the garden! Students were encouraged to explore the sounds, smells, and tastes of the garden – even harvesting and tasting turnips and radishes (turnips were voted the favorite). Over the next few weeks we planted potatoes and fava beans, learned about types of decomposers, and made seed balls to take home. I enjoyed watching students become gradually more comfortable in the garden over time. While many kids were originally concerned to find dirt on their hands and under their fingernails, by their third or fourth visits they eagerly grabbed trowels and got to work with no
hesitation. I also enjoyed seeing the bravery with which
students tried new foods and flavors. Classes tasted a variety of food straight out of the garden; from radishes and turnips to kale, pumpkin seeds, and amaranth
I am looking forward to meeting the next group of students and exploring the garden with them in the beautiful spring weather! If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about Common Ground Garden, we have an open volunteer day every Wednesday from 10:00 am to noon. We also offer weekend adult classes on a variety of topics including permaculture, cultivating edible mushrooms, and fruit tree care. Visit our website at commongroundgarden.org to learn more.
Education Program Manager