Published: June 15th 2009June 12th 2009
What has happened since I last wrote? .....
Let's see, last week I did a mix of labor in the garden with the volunteers and personal project work in the office. I am working on building the foundation of a community/family garden plot in the Botanical Garden. I would really like to find a way to educate and excite the children of Statia with educational gardening. Furthermore, I would like the energy to continue at home by creating a place for parents to come and grow and learn. Right now, it seems like no one is using there gardens for edible foods even though the soil is rich and the weather ideal. After noticing this, I started asking around and some of the reasons mentioned were: water is too precious, roaming animals destroy anything without expensive covering, they are lazy/don't know what to do. From everything I have learned while working with Arden Bucklin at the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, and Abby Jaramillo at Urban Sprouts, I felt like the natural thing to do is create a space accessible, free and easy to utilize. I am now working on the logistics for the project. Please keep your fingers crossed
because many people here think it will be impossible to get parents involved here.
I took the junior rangers snorkeling, worked on tompi hill trail, and had pina coladas at the Golden Era. Life here is hard but very rewarding!
There are more photos below