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Youth Continue Gardening Tradition
“I’ve always wanted a community garden, and this is manageable. I wanted a project for the kids, and something that I can manage when they go back to school,” Tina said.
This year’s interns are Serena Poler (freshman), Macy Poler (sophomore), Hutson Kane (junior) and crew leader Sage Dalton (2019 graduate).
“It’s their project,” Tina said. “I showed them what to do and created a calendar, and they are managing the garden.”
The project began with preparations two weeks ago. Tina explained, “The bales were conditioned for 12 days. They were watered, fertilized and seeded. On the 13th day, the inside of the bales break down, become warm and are now organic.”
The interns are now responsible for the care of the bales throughout the summer. While they are paid for their weekday work hours, their time outside of work is volunteered. “This teaches them that even though they’re doing this as a work project, sometimes you’ll have to volunteer,” Tina added.