Spring is in the air and we are all busy getting the Marathon Farm in full swing!
Aside from growing food for the community farm stand and for Marathon Grill we are beginning our first of many educational programs. Our farm is in a perfect location because we are surrounded by four schools, a Recreation Center, and many thriving community organizations. We are developing a farm club with Vaux High School, hosting numerous local schools on farm tours, and designing our children’s garden for neighborhood youth.
This past week Hope Matters, a local church, organized a Spring Break Camp centered around sustainability and greening the city. We partnered with them to teach two educational days focused on urban agriculture. On the first day it rained unexpectedly, but we were able to move many of our activities indoors. We taught the youth about what we grow on Marathon Farm and played games centered around fruits and vegetables. We then learned about compost and all got to hold wild wiggly earthworms! The kids were so excited to play with dirt and squeal about these helpful creatures. At the end, we painted signs for the farm to label plants, welcome visitors, and much more.
On our second day over 50 youth came out to the farm. We got to taste the baby radish sprouts and people were shocked at how good they are. The classes explored the greenhouse and each got to plant flowers or vegetables seeds in a pot to bring home. They will take care of the baby seedlings on their windowsills and hopefully plant outdoors. The morning ended with some exciting games of predator/ prey tag.
In partnership with passionate teachers at local schools our farm will continue to grow and reconnect kids to the food source. Each lesson will be hands-on and focus on creative activities, exploration and tasting fresh produce. Soon there will be even more fun things to grow and taste!!