Odyssey Garden Blog 9/9/17

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Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

May Sarton

What an amazing start week we had!!  I have heard from so many that it was one of the busiest weeks of their lives – I agree.  I also just wish that all those busy could have been in the gardening classes on Wednesday to have a moment, time of joy and slowing down and though super busy just enjoying the joy of gardening with these kids like I did.  Wednesday morning started off with a bang with the 4/5 market.  Those kids had so much fun selling their bracelets along with the crafty and culinary creations from the garden.  There were and are: dehydrated onions, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants among other things harvested from the Odyssey garden to be bought.  Please know that on Wednesday mornings, these are for sale and go straight to the 4/5 classroom fund!

After market, on that very rainy day,  the 4/5 came to the greenhouse and aquaponics room and thrived from the seed plantings they fulfilled.  They planted so much kale, it is going to be blessed and delicious and harvested and community bound.  Weather permitting, this week we are going to build cold frames for the tiny kale out in the garden.  If anyone wants to join or donate tarps and dirt and steel or wood, that would be most excellent! The 2/3 class seemed to enjoy just as much planting broccoli seed and repotting all of the carnivorous plants they had planted last fall.  They were so interested and careful with all plantings.  The joy penetrated!!

In both classes we talked about the seed saving they could to do contribute, simply from their homes and lunches.  We had great conversations about the aquaponics system and avocado growing.  When asked what they most wanted to do this year, one 4/5 responded: “PICKLES!”  We then talked about how pickles come to be and the fact that we absolutely can grow cucumbers and Cat offered to teach us all how to pickle!

Being around children and observing their zest and love for gardening is truly heart filling.  There was so much enthusiasm and interest, such thankfulness for these children and their zest and interest for the growing world. I overheard a 2/3 grader a couple of times mentioning to his classmates how he “felt like the luckiest kid to be here!  This school and gardening is the best!”  Really Odyssey folks, we are so lucky!

If there are any interested parents who want to be involved in the gardening program, please do get in touch with me, Carriejacksonchisholm@gmail.com or Chelsea Potter irisnchelsea@gmail.com


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