Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Community Gardening

Issa's school has a community vegetable garden. During the school year, the students plant and tend the vegetables. During the summer, they ask families to volunteer to come in on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to tend the vegetables. Anything harvested is distributed to families who may have limited access to fresh produce. In short, it's a wonderful learning opportunity that gives back to the community in so many ways.
We volunteered to come in yesterday and next Monday. A couple of weeks ago, though, we got an email stating that we could bring home anything we harvested. The garden had a bumper crop of zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and everyone was virtually drowning in them.
Yesterday, we set off to take care of the garden. Issa was thrilled, and I was excited, too. I really do love working in gardens. Unfortunately, when we arrived we realized that whoever had last week (and maybe the week before) had not come. The weeds were out of control. We have also had a ton of rain, so we were weeding in a bit of a swamp. It was not ideal. But...Issa got a little more excited when we found the first cucumber, and we both got to giggling when we realized we needed to just take off our shoes since they were getting stuck with every step.
At the end of the morning, we had a great time. Issa is already talking about going back on Monday, and we have big plans for these beauties:

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