Day 1 of the 2012 Summer Garden Program
Today we started our first day back at the Bronx Letters garden program. We renamed the garden “Applegate Garden”, in honor of our teacher Amy Applegate, who passed away earlier this year. She helped start this project, and she continues to be a great inspiration for us all!
Even though it was our first day, we had a lot of things to do! We met our new Middlebury interns, Luke, Alex and Maddie, and played “Two Truths and a Lie” to get to know everyone better. We harvested a LOT of beans and basil, staked our tomato plants, and gave everything a good water. We also planned a lot of the things we’re hoping to do this summer- maybe even a mango tree if we’re lucky!!
Day 19 of the Summer Garden Program
Today was our second to last day of the Summer Garden Program. We harvested our crops and play “Drip, Drip, Splash”, which is a much wetter version of Duck, Duck, Goose. When that was over, we journaled and reflected on our experiences throughout the program.
Another great day at the garden! We even had a cameraman from Middlebury College come and interview us! It looks like the garden is getting some attention.
Day 17 of the Summer Garden Program
After the long weekend, we had LOTS of harvesting to do. Check out the pictures of our swiss chard, sweet and hot peppers, collards, basil and lettuce! The students got to take TONS of veggies home to their families.
Today was really hot, so after harvesting the veggies, we did a water balloon toss. Fidel and Mr. Udell defeated the “Ashleys” in the finals.
Day 16 of the Summer Garden Program
It was a busy day today! After tending to the garden and churning the compost, we studied up on some of the vegetables we planned on harvesting: corn and cucumbers! Check out the picture and find out what we learned. Also check out Destiny’s petition. She got twenty-six signatures!
Day 15 of the Summer Garden Program
Today was very interesting! Karen, from Healthy Living joined us and spoke about the benefits of growing and eating healthy foods. Everyone joined in the discussion and we all learned something. For example, she informed us that it’s good that our collard greens have little holes where insects have been eating them (check out the pic).
After spending time with Karen, we harvested some chard and went inside to make a salad with the chard and other lettuce from our garden!
Day 14 of the Summer Garden Program
Today we found a pepper plant hidden in the forest of chard and squash! We still have no idea how it got there, but it’s healthy so nobody is complaining. You can also see that our cucumbers are growing and they taste great. It’s amazing that about two weeks ago, it was looking like all of our cucumbers were going to die.
During the second part of the day, we researched ways to reach Western Beef in hopes to getting them to fix their garbage situation. Unfortunately, when we reached out to them, they didn’t take us very serious. Due to their response, we are starting a petition to have them clean up their trash.