First Grade students from Mrs. Turner’s class at Holy Spirit Catholic School have recently toured and worked in the garden with the Lofton’s and Deacon Fran.
In class they created Fruits of the Spirit t-shirts and discussed how this was applicable with their project.
The children got in teams and worked together to carry bags of donated soil to each of the raised beds Deacon Fran prepared for the kids.
On the next visit, the children covered the beds with newspaper to make sure all of the ground was covered before spreading the bags of soil out to fill the beds. In class, they went over choices of plants to grow in Alabama at this time of year. The students chose their plants and purchased the seeds. At the garden, they lined up rows with tacks and string and planted their seeds.
Noticing the children’s interest in the eggplants growing in the large garden, Mrs. Lofton allowed the children to take some home. They were thrilled! Eggplant became a new favorite food that they liked to eat because they had such pride in where they had gotten them!
The class returned a few days later to find that their turnip greens had already begun to grow. They teamed with the Seniors in Mr. Loper’s class and taught them about what we had been doing. It was especially exciting for Mrs. Turner because most of the Seniors used to be her first graders! Together, the two classes helped move brush and debris.
On the first grader’s next visit to the garden, they checked out our beds and watered the growing seedlings. They got the opportunity to watch volunteers prepare the large field for its next planting. The children were all able to sit on the tractor, which was exciting for everyone! When they returned last Friday, we again watered our beds. They worked with the Seniors harvesting peppers, muscadines, and sweet basil.
Several parents have joined the children on their trips to the garden. The class hopes that even more will do so as well as come to help and visit on the weekends. Mrs. Turner has helped the Garden by submitting a grant in hopes of purchasing tools, a greenhouse, and an irrigation system.