The Johnson Youth Center (by the hospital) has gardening as part of their curriculum. There are raise vegetable boxes and 2 greenhouses. The boys raise all vegetable plants from seeds which they will be soon start under lights in their classroom. There 7 boys, some having garden experience from last year and other don’t know a stem from a root. Their garden schedule is Fridays 11am-12:30 (just before lunch). We are seeking garden presenters on a variety of topics.
We would especially like to find younger folks than myself (69) to present, show the boys a variety in age interest in vegetable gardening. Specifically, we need of a single presentation in February/early March on these topics:
2) planting seeds inside under lights and outdoors
Length 30 minutes to an hour with time for involvement by boys- questions. Pictures make a good visual focus and the classroom has a computer program display.
A one time guest should arrive 10 minutes early to complete confidentiality forms.
We also need coaches in the summertime outdoors, Fridays 11-12:30. Coaches encourage -- they don't relieve the boys from work. If the garden succeeds or fails, that falls on the boys' efforts. An example: We notice leaf condition that tells us of a health problem and draw that to the boys attention, supply them with information, draw out possible solutions from the boys. That could mean poking a finger into the soil to test for moisture. Encourage and join in on removal of competitive plants (I refuse to call them weeds) and the why that matters.
There are at least two guards who remain attentive on the edges of the gardens but do not join in the gardening. There will be a summer schedule of Fridays that folks can sign up. Even giving a month of Fridays or at the least 2 Fridays together is valuable.
A half hour of background paperwork, fingerprinting, and photo for ID badge needs to be done for re-occurring visits. Speaker need only complete confidentiality form.
Call me Patricia Wherry 209-3374 email me firstname.lastname@example.org