After being inspired by a guest speaker presented on community gardening in my LEAD300 class, I decided to teach my after school kids about gardening as well.
I oversee 3 different community centers in Salem, NJ, all of which are located in low income housing communities, and I felt like gardening would be a really positive experience for the youth who live there. I also teach them about the importance of journaling, and they track the changes of their plants each week in their journals.
Each kid had a choice to plant either a white raddish, red raddish, or sunflowerin their handmade flower pots. Luckily, most of the plants actually grew within a week. I was worried that they wouldn’t and would have to deal with some really unhappy kids 🙂