Every Thursday in the garden between May 4- June 8th area youth will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful green space at the New Roots Youth Garden. This year kicks off with some really exciting happenings!
Hannah Denny, joins us a the NRYG Garden Club Coordinator, a recent graduate of Beloit College in Beloit WI (you might recognize the name, her mom Kim Denny brought us the Cape Charles Farmers Market and is doing great things as part of the CC Museum team!). At Beloit, Hannah was an active volunteer in the College Greenhouse as a student and then as a Residential Life Hall Director, feeding her life-long love of nurturing plants and watching them thrive. “ I have always loved growing things, in part because of my family’s deep commitment to a holistic, circle-of-life approach to food and consumption of natural resources. As someone whole also adores children and believes that they are some of the wisest creatures around, I believe with every fiber of my being that children are the future. One of the ways I can give back to the world is to give kids a love and passion for learning to grow healthy foods, as well as the confidence to feel like they are competent and capable of nourishing their bodies and selves. I am so excited to be working with New Roots because of how perfectly the organization embodies these values, and does so through experiential learning and the important of collaboration and community. It’s giving children the confidence they need to do well in general, but also to take what they learn in the garden about food and fitness and incorporate it into their everyday lives. New Roots is where I love to be!” shared Hannah, New Roots Garden Club Coordinator.
Hannah’s first of event was the Blessing of the Worms followed by last weeks garden club kick off! She comes to us with great organizational skills and is a NATURAL with children and volunteers. We are thrilled to have Hannah join our team, it is without doubt that she will bring many great things to the New Roots community, once you meet her you will share her enthusiasm for the garden, its contagious!” states Tammy Holloway, NRYG President
The first garden club of the season, under the guidance of Eastern Shore Master Gardener President and NRYG Board member, Phil Goetkin, the children built a raised bed, filled it and planted lots of organic vegetable plants and seeds. Generously donated by Copper Cricket Farm (Celery, cabbage, kalends more) , Mattawoman Creek Farms ( a variety if basils, kale, eggplant and more) My Backyard- by Browder-Hite, (spring and summer annuals) Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles ( heirloom tomatoes) and Jeff Klingel, Landscape Design (mushroom compost, soil)
Programming Coordinators Judy Illmensee, Eastern Shore Master Naturalist and Christine Williams, Eastern Shore Master Gardener have a great Spring line up planned for the children full of experiential learning activities in the garden.
May 4th : Theme: “About our Garden. Come Plant and Grow with Us!”
May 11th: Theme: “From Seed to Plant; Oh How We Grow”
May 18th : Theme: “Companion Planting; Friends in the Garden”
May 25th: Theme: “Water, Water Everywhere”
June 1st: Theme: “Taking Time to Enjoy the Beauty of the Garden”
June 8th: Theme: “Butterfly Gardens; Oh How we LOVE Thee”