Garden Build #1: Clifton, NJ

This past weekend, GEF, Amway, and the Clifton Boys and Girls Club teamed up for the first garden build of the season!  Even the pouring rain could not deter the kids, parents, and master gardeners who worked to build their club garden and accomplish a number of other projects. In total, about 40 children participated in the three stations that constituted the day’s activities. They planted seedlings in the theme gardens, painted garden signs to mark their veggies, and painted clay pots which they later filled with basil plants to bring home.  A smoothie station operating throughout the day gave kids the opportunity to make their own healthy fruit concoctions.

Before planting the theme garden, the kids had a conversation about pizza toppings.  When asked what goes on a pizza, some initially blurted, “Pepperoni! Sausage!” Then, considering the items they could grow themselves, they added, “Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Oregano!” Everyone enjoyed the lesson about the Three Sisters Garden, a mutually-beneficial plant community involving beans, corn, and squash.

At the end of the day, the Clifton Boys and Girls Club members had a brand new garden, dirty fingernails, bellies full of smoothies, potted basil plants, and a deep feeling of satisfaction. Not bad for a day’s work! Congratulations to all on a successful garden build!

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

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