I'm offering free gardening workshops online via the Homeschool Co-op 2020! The next one will be about seasonal gardening, focused on planting a fall garden-- Tuesday September 1st at 4:30-5:30pm CST. This class is open to kids ages 8+ and families/adults. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/yy2lfchc
I'm thrilled with how this program went this summer! It was a 6-week long virtual apprenticeship program for 17 teens, in partnership with After School Matters and Carole Robertson Center for Learning. With their support, I created the entire curriculum from scratch! We learned about a variety of topics having to do with environmental justice-- … Continue reading Environmental Justice Changemakers Program
My little 4x8 plot in front of my building is growing nicely 🙂 So far I've been able to harvest spinach, lettuce and radishes! I just love being able to go out to the garden and harvest fresh greens. The maple tree above the garden has been dropping its seeds, but luckily the tree doesn't … Continue reading Lil’ Garden is growing!
These pictures are from my "Lil' Garden" in front of my building. It's a small 4x8' plot, and several weeks ago I seeded peas, spinach, radish, carrots, and a few varieties of lettuce. They're all looking great! I also picked up a couple of cabbage starter plants from Home Depot and planted them in the … Continue reading Springtime Seedlings!
Earlier this year, Chicago Youth Centers’s Bronzeville location Elliott Donelly Youth Center decided to create a large new garden space in their giant sand pit! Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled with this idea. I designed a plan for the space during my Edible Landscaping and Container Design certification course with Windy City Harvest: … Continue reading Chicago Youth Centers new garden space
Summer has been HOT. I tell you what... we went from a late start in Spring to a full blown, ongoing heatwave. In any case, we've still been planting, maintaining and harvesting, and having a blast! At CYC we got a bunch of delicious sweet peas recently: And our first pepper! We've been building up … Continue reading Fun in the sun!
First off, very excited to announce that I'm joining the team at Urban Growers Collective (formerly Growing Power) for two programs: a youth program this summer in partnership with After School Matters, as well as an ongoing preschool garden program at Educare in partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund! The youth program with ASM … Continue reading Spring in full swing
Springtime is... still feeling like wintertime! It snowed yesterday, and the soil is frozen again. Last week when the weather was gorgeous for a couple days, we direct sowed carrot, radish and pea seeds at the preschool. The kids had a blast! They love using the mini wheelbarrows to transport soil and the fill planters. … Continue reading Early Springtime
It's time to start springtime seedings! At the preschool we make "soil towers," which are just like soil blocks except cylindrical shaped. I created this simple soil tower making tool out of a short PVC pipe and a wooden dowel with a knob fixed to the top, and pin on the bottom. The rounded knob … Continue reading Seed starting!
Gotta keep up the blog posts! Winter programming has been going beautifully. These are microgreens that we grew at Chicago Youth Centers-- broccoli, kale, radish, and mustard greens. Microgreens are packed with flavor and nutrition, and are also so easy to grow in a sunny windowsill! They take 2-3 weeks to grow large enough for … Continue reading Winter programming