Youth Rain Action Storyboard
Post 16: Growing for Our Good workshop
Now that we are done designing our gardens, it is time to share our designs with the community. We did this by talking about rain gardens and our designs with Ecosource’s Growing for Our Good (G4G) volunteers.
Every week, G4G volunteers meet at Ecosource’s Iceland Teaching Garden where they garden and harvest fresh organic produce. The food they grow is donated to local food banks. We decided this would be a great group of people to hold a knowledge transfer with.
When we arrived, we started by telling everyone a bit about ourselves. Then the G4G volunteers gave us a tour of their garden. They had so many vegetables growing! Some of the main plants they were growing include tomatoes, carrots, kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, calendula, bell peppers, hot peppers, apples, and eggplant. Together we harvested all of the ripe tomatoes. Then we took a break to snack on the fresh tomatoes, watermelon, and hummus. The food was delicious! We still had lots of leftover tomatoes to donate.
After we finished our snack, we taught the G4G volunteers about rain gardens. They asked lots of good questions, and were really interested in learning more. Then we showed them our designs, and talked about why we designed them the way we did. To volunteers thought are designs were fantastic. It was a lot of fun to share our designs.
For rest of the program, we worked in the gardens. There were a lot of plants that had gone to seed that week, so we collected seeds. This is a common practice in organic farming, and a great way to have seeds in the following year without having to spend more money. We collected seeds from calendula and lettuce. The calendula seeds look different from any other seed I have seen before. They almost look like curled up bugs. The lettuce seeds are really tiny. You get thousands of seeds just from one plant. They were too small to collect individually. Instead we cut off a head containing thousands of seeds and put it into a bag. Then we shook it, and all the seeds fell off into the bag.
Before we knew it, it was time to go home. We had a lot of fun sharing our designs and learning about gardening vegetables.
The Youth Rain Action Project is led by Ecosource in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Burnhamthorpe Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP), and Sheridan Nurseries, and is generously supported by the Government of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.