This season, thanks to the funding we received, we were able to establish a Junior Master Gardening Club for 3rd grade students. We were able to serve 40 children and teach them the basic elements of gardening and soil health. We were also able to fund taking all Garden Club students and 25 additional children to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA for a lesson on pollinators. As part of their community service project, the young gardeners chose to have a pollinator garden/wildlife habitat built into their garden, then planned it fully (supplies, plants, space) and contacted our horticultural expert to help them install it over 2 days.
What challenges did or does your project face?
We were unable to purchase the accompanying student guide, pins, and certificates for the garden club. We also needed more adults to assist with the club.
How are you working to overcome them?
We created our own certificates and hosted a celebratory dinner for the children, and enlisted a couple of parents to volunteer when available.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We learned that we could accomplish a lot on the funds we earned that benefited the children and grew their love of gardening. Instead of focusing on tools and seeds (which we were able to all have donated) we focused on activities to help expose the children to the horticultural world & career opportunities.