Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Visitors to PAR: Young Children, Young Deer, and Young Frogs

Children from Funtime Learning Center with their teachers

PAR Davies recently welcomed 10 youngsters from Funtime Learning Center and their teachers, Anne and Jean, to tour the garden. 

The fun began the minute the children arrived.  A newborn fawn startled up about 10 feet from the bus and bounded away!  It took a few minutes to convince the children that they would never be able to catch up with the fawn and pet it.       

Susan showing off a squash plant and bush beans
G.A. Crosby and Susan Phillips led the children around the garden talking about the different vegetables. The children were amazed to see G.A pull a carrot out of the ground!

Each child harvested a carrot - yum!
We showed the group how to repurpose discarded "junk" for use in the garden.

The sedum-filled typewriter
The boys were especially interested in the one-inch toads that were hopping all over the garden.  They wanted to take some back to class, but we convinced them that we need the toads for insect control.  The teachers were greatly relieved!

Boys and toads, a natural combination!
What a great day!  I don't know who enjoyed it more, us or the children.  We love to show off the garden and to demonstrate how we grow vegetables organically.  We especially like to show "city kids" where their food comes from.  Let us know if you want to set up a tour!


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