Garden angels | Lewiston’s Sun Journal
As we jump in the heat of summer with both feet, I want to thank some of the people who have contributed to our RLRS school garden project this year. During the cold winter months, Leslie and Paul Ferguson-Packard contacted the school with a donation for the garden. In the attached note, they offered to help me set up an irrigation system so that the garden is watered more regularly throughout the summer. I said yes! Later, Maine Ag in the Classroom (MAITC) offered an emergency school gardening grant opportunity that I applied for and received to help pay for the water collection system, as well as the pump, hose and gutters. With advice from Paul and Leslie, we made the flower beds bigger to almost double what they were. Mike Schrader, who has been a regular gardener’s helper since the early days of the school garden, was again called in to help.
Each class in the elementary wing has planted a small bed. Themes include a pea garden, pizza garden, stone soup garden, sunflowers, strawberries, potatoes, and a salsa garden. The children have already planted seeds and helped transplant seedlings under grow lights. They continued to watch the plants harden as they waited for the magical moment when the danger of frost had passed.
Leslie, from Fixit Farm, brought her worms for the kids to meet and she guided them through some of their plantations and shared her enthusiasm and deep gardening knowledge. Paul worked alongside Leslie in the engineering and reconfiguration of the irrigation system, including installing a garden shed for our tools. We are really lucky to have so many people supporting this garden.
Students will also be able to discover a new 2021 book titled Tommy The Special Tomato written by Carrie Bergeron, a person with Down syndrome. This book will be installed in the garden for people to enjoy as a book walk. Carrie is delighted that we have her book on display near the garden and wants people to treat people with Down’s Syndrome and people with disabilities with kindness and respect. We thank Faith, Jared and Gabe Richard for donating four copies of the book to our school.
At the end of the school year, the garden will grow and will need to be maintained during the summer. If you and your child (ren) would like to help, please contact me at [email protected].
Mooselookmeguntic salmon derby this weekend coming June 19 and 20