Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from? Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)
Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden! You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes. We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!
These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.
Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden. Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended. Garden gloves will be provided.
September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden! We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year. We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.
October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic. It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June! It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins! Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.
November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing. We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.