Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What a Summer Season!

For those who haven't visited the garden since the beginning of summer, the next time you stop by, you will be absolutely shocked!
As the school year came to an end, our student gardeners cooked their harvest of Potatoes, Onions, Brussels Sprouts, Peppers and Greens into a delicious campfire meal.

As summer marched forward the garden took on it's first intern, Montarius, who joined through a program with the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development. He worked closely with Garden Manager Jason Reed to build a new shed, repair and old one, and he helped to facilitate the 2 garden summer classes.
The first class was around 15 high school students working through Youth Works.  In their month at the garden they planned and planted a native fruit bush orchard.  They drew a to-scale map of their site, amended the soil, planted the plants, built and installed bench seating and painted the new shed.

Our second class came from the Curtis Bay Rec Center's Summer Program. These Elementary and Middle School students worked with Montarius, Jason, and CBEMS teacher Dave Dallas to build a cob pizza oven.  They worked very hard learning about the different kinds of heat, digging a foundation, making their own cob cement, and finishing their oven.  By the summer's end, they had their first pizza cooked in the wood-fired oven they built!

All of us at Filbert Street Garden are excited for the fall-
We will be working closely with students from UMBC and Towson to bring this beautiful space even closer to the community!