We are still working on our garden and trying to make it the best it has ever been! Our Education Coordinator has been leading classes to help teach the young mothers we serve how to tend to and care for a fresh food garden. Thus far we have: tilled the garden all over, set out the pathways, secured the tomato plants in their cages, put in stakes to label the crops, raked the area for corn, put the weed mat down where needed, completed maintenance on the watering system, made an archway for the cucumbers, and made a compost bin. We have planted 3 rows of tomatoes, 1 row of peppers, 3 jalapeno plants, 3 egg plants, and will be planting our corn in the next couple of weeks. A gardening plan has been created and the direct care staff have been instructed to know what to do during gardening class times with the young moms.
What challenges did or does your project face?
One challenge we have faced is in the leadership of the project. Originally, a community member had agreed to lead our courses and help us get the garden ready for planting. Unfortunately, health issues prevented him from being as involved as he would have liked.
How are you working to overcome them?
Our Education Coordinator took back over in preparing the garden for classes and planting. We do not foresee any major additional challenges with our project, and the team is motivated to keep the garden healthy and make it fruitful and abundant for our home and community!
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We have learned that it takes team work to make the garden successful! There is much prep work in the beginning to get the garden ready for planting, and we suggest making a gardening plan to ensure it is all completed properly and timely.