By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
With funds earned from our 2019 Garden Tour, Mill Creek Garden Club recently awarded a nice chunk of cash to the Farmer Frog organization in support of Discovery and Olivia Park Elementary Schools’ garden activities.
The grant will be used for raised beds, benches, seeds, compost, fruit tree and shrub starts, and gardening tools.
On hand to receive the check at a recent meeting was Farmer Frog’s Founder and Executive Co-Director Zsofia Pasztor.
Garden Club President Lyndal Kennedy and Grants Chair Kathi Zehner happily posed for pictures as they handed over the funds.
Ms. Pasztor will return as guest speaker at the February 2020 meeting where we expect to learn more on how our funds are utilized at those two elementary schools.
The garden at Discovery Elementary School is large enough to yield vegetables and fruits for the students who work in the garden. The school’s very own garden club is active and maintains the space. Food harvested is shared among the students and families who work in the garden. What a great idea, a garden club in a school!
Olivia Park Elementary School is home of the first school garden established by the Farmer Frog organization. Over 19,000 pounds of blackberry vines were cleared during the winter of 2009-10 and since then they started growing food on this three quarters of an acre garden. The garden is incorporated into the school curriculum and serves as an outdoor classroom rain or shine. A smart way to learn about nature, in the out of doors!
Mill Creek Garden Club is thrilled to award grants for a variety of garden projects in the area and invites you to support our 6th Annual Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market on Saturday, June 27. 2020.
Stay tuned for details!