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!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Unstructured Activities

Jacob's Cattle Beans

The summer garden club may be over but that doesn't mean the Garden is done. Far from it. The children spent their last few days in the Garden planting more crops. We will have a second crop of kale, beans, squash as well as fall crops of rutabagas and turnips. 
The last week of the summer club was more relaxed. I've been reading several articles lately about the benefits of children getting out and just "being" in nature. So we let them dictate what happened that last week. Most of them just wanted to hunt bugs. Rob was worried they would be bored but it just so happens, the total opposite occurred. They were exuberantly engrossed in the capture of as many bugs as they could get. It didn't matter if it was crickets or moths, it was clear the children were having a blast! No one told them how to do it. No one suggested where to look or what method to use. It wasn't arranged or planned and yet they somehow managed to keep themselves occupied for a very long time without arguing, whining, or complaining once. The only instruction needed was "go ahead". Had I had more adult volunteers I think exploring the wonderful nature trail behind the school would have been added to the agenda. Maybe next year.....

leaving no stone unturned
Piggie (a student's cat) food. This child would carry crickets home in her hands to feed to her cat. Too funny!
checking on the captured
Like I said earlier, the children did work hard too. They dead-headed some of the perennials and planted some successive crops. This time, Rob gave them basic instructions and let them go to task. They took the responsibility very seriously.


This morning Rob harvested another 5 pounds of produce. There are still tomatoes to come as well as spaghetti squash, pumpkins and beans.