The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Filling The Garden Beds

Another awesome turnout to help fill the beds

Since this project has taken so long to come to fruition, and we were beginning to lose hope that it would happen, I am always humbled when we have an event and have such an amazing turnout. We were inundated with helpers on this glorious May afternoon. The flyer I put out asked people to "come play in the dirt". I guess my husband and I aren't the only ones who find this notion appealing because over 20 children and their grownups showed up to "play".

Armed with shovels and pitchforks and rakes we quickly organized teams of children to fill wheelbarrows. First we put recycled architectural prints on the bottom of the beds as a weed barrier then added the "black gold" from Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue. Some of the older boys were very amused to realize they were shoveling poop into the garden. When each bed had a layer of compost, we added the dirt.

Spreading the compost in the beds

Filling wheelbarrows to be put in the beds

The children were quite happy shoveling dirt into the wheel barrows and dumping it into the beds. We had some toddler friends helping using their dump trucks.

Amid the squeals of delight at finding a worm and peals of laughter when a misguided wheelbarrow tipped over covering the children in what may or may not have been from "that big pile of poop" it hit me, we are bring a community together to grow a lot more than some organic vegetables. We are creating memories and friendships and lessons that will be remembered for a long time to come. Growing along with the vegetables are communal bonds. I am blessed to be a part of an amazing community of educators, parents, and children. Thank you for coming along with us as we build this garden that we have been planning for so long.


  1. Wow, you had a lot of helpers! It looks like a fun day for everyone. Congrats on the good turn out! :)

    1. We had such a good turnout the beds were filled in about an hour! It was fun day, now we can't wait to start planting!