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This month I have spent a lot of time at our school working in the garden. There has been tons of weeding to do, irrigation to get completed, boxes in need of soil, and we have been putting up the new greenhouse. It is replacing the one that was lost last fall when a big oak tree fell directly on the roof. For two years it seemed that not much has happened in the garden and it was beginning to look like a barren weed land. Last year our irrigation was re-piped, and weed seed and some soil was re-moved. Cover crop was planted in the fall and the perennials were hanging on. This year we formed a committee to break up some of the tasks utilizing individuals strong points and keep people from get-ting burnt out. We had the tree removed, the greenhouse removed, worked on having the schools insurance pay for the replacement greenhouse, got it picked out, ordered, and up. More people became interested in the garden and joined the committee. We got a connection for getting the soil donated, some-one else is paying for the irrigation to get finished, we decided that we would garden more organically, start a worm composting box, solarize the soil over the summer, and more. This spring some of the moms opened the garden up at least one day a week to encourage kids and teachers to come in and work. Our garden has gone thru a cycle, while there was a time of “drought” we now have re-growth, and hopefully momentum to get many things done in the future. Composting, rain catchment, growing food the kids can eat at the school, starting all the plants from seed, saving seeds for the next year, growing new gardeners, and more.

we have been distanced from nature

Why am I including this you ask. Part of working toward sustainability is having a passion to be teaching what you have learned to others, most importantly the future generations. We can learn and grow in our gardening practices, but if we don’t share this knowledge with others we are not creating a cycle that will increase our ability to give back to the system. We have a generation of young people and children that don’t have much, if any, experience in gardening and growing food. Our society has become so dependent on one-use-items and convenience foods that we have been distanced from nature. Master Gardeners are on the forefront of the need to “Grow the Gardener,” as we help others with their gardening questions and problems, inspire people to garden, and show them how to get there. We have great tools, (both old and new,) for networking and sharing our information to each other and the public. In turn we need to use this momentum and new growth to inspire ourselves to do more. Like the committee if we focus on helping each other we can get more done. If we enrich the community, we enrich ourselves and enrich our earth. Simply put we all benefit.

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