Sunflower Hour at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens this morning began with story time and ended with children making worm farms to take home.
After the stories children held wriggler worms and set some free in the gardens. Those children who wanted made farms from empty soda bottles and layers of sand and soil.
Watermelon was added as worm food and dark construction paper wrapped the bottles to simulate underground conditions. Later this week, children can remove the paper and study the underground tunnels made by the worms.
Faye Mihuta read the books. Retired teacher, master gardener and worm composter Jay Ephraim lead the hands-on worm program for about 10 children. And the team, both of whom are community gardeners, worked together with Jess Clauser, also a community gardener, to create the worm farms.
It was terrific. The children were delighted and eager to participate.
Next week, the reading program will focus on blueberries and the activity will be making blueberry freezer jam with Diane Whitten from Cornell Cooperative Extension. The jam class, at 10 a.m., is $5 which covers all supplies. The story time is free and begins at 9:30 a.m.
Please let us know if you are coming to make jam. The class is open to both children and adults. We will be purchasing supplies, and need a head count by Tuesday.
Thank you, Natalie Walsh
Garden Director, Pitney Meadows Community Gardens