Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from? Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)
Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden! You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes. We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!
These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.
Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden. Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended. Garden gloves will be provided.
June 12: How Does Your Garden Grow? Welcome to the summer garden! We will begin this session by touring the garden to see what is already growing. We will do LOTS of planting today- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and more! By learning what a plant needs to survive, we will make sure our garden has everything it needs to produce lots of delicious summer veggies.
July 17: The Bugs in our Garden There are lots of creatures in the garden. They are tucked in the soil, visiting the leaves and flowers, and crawling around the compost. Today we will identify which bugs are the helpers and which bugs can hurt the crops. We will build a “worm bin” and feed our new friends the weeds we pull from the garden!
August 21: Summer Eats! So much is growing at this time of year! We will harvest and clean all kinds of veggies and have a summer feast in the garden. Even though it is so hot, we will begin planting our fall garden with crops such as spinach, lettuce, beets and carrots. These will be ready to eat when the weather starts to cool!