Every Saturday since June, children have been attending a reading and garden/craft program in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens we called the Sunflower Hour. Today was the last session of the season.
It has been wonderful with dozens of children coming over the summer to hear stories told by Faye Mihuta, a retired teacher, and experience life in the garden. Children sat in the sunflower house, which is just now beginning bloom and listened to books being read.
Over the last eight weeks the crafts they made with artist Jess Clauser included a fluttering butterfly, bee bracelets, and cards made with vegetable stamps. Other weeks, the children learned about sowing flower seeds, how vegetables grow, the importance of honeybees and the butterfly habitat we have to support Monarch butterflies. Jay Epstein came one Saturday to talk about worms and the children made worm farms from recycled bottles to take home.
Today, the project was to make a clay medallion by pressing the leaf of the herb sage into wet clay. The clay was trimmed with a round cookie cutter and set out to dry. Once dry, they can be painted. Each one was very pretty and the children were please to take home several each.
Next, we harvested onions. Each child had a chance to pull the onions from the ground and take one home.
Afterwards, we all tasted zucchini bread and basil lemonade. Both were delicious.
It was a great morning in the garden.
Special thank you to Faye and Jess for all the effort put into making Sunflower Hour a memorable experience for young community members. You are deeply appreciated.