Students visiting the garden come to learn, observe and do a little socializing in the morning. It is a neutral place where they are all learning and sharing new information. Is that a good bug? Why is the garden bean growing NOW instead of months ago? Why don’t we pull out the brown leaves on the gourd vine? When can I harvest a carrot? The questions come fast and thick in the morning.
Some students need a little time, perhaps while they observe a pill bug crawling on their arm or a green anole clinging to their shirt, to wake up and get ready to head to class. Observing students who wouldn’t normally interact having a conversation about the number and types of bees buzzing around the sunflowers is a delight to the adults in attendance. Sharing the moment of pride when a brave 2nd grader removes a leaf-footed bug for the first time to a crowd of amazed 4th graders that had been hesitant to try the same trick. Timing a photo at the exact right moment when she bursts into a huge smile and holds up her prize.
Our garden is so much more than a place to grow food. Come and see.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.