Monday, October 5, 2009

Whew, I'm Busy!

Now that I've started my new full time job, I'm realizing just what those words mean. Full time is exhausting. But I'm trying to get into the routine and I'm sure I'll have it down in no time.

I've been doing a lot of work outside, building new gardens and expanding old ones. We have a wonderful crew of Americorps volunteers helping out with the community gardens. Here we are planting at a brand new garden, one of the smallest gardens we've built.

That's me!

How nice! We're using mushroom compost from Kennett Square, PA to build raised beds. Woodchips cover the pathways and a wire fence surrounds the whole thing. This is the way we build all of the gardens, though each community group takes the garden and makes it their own.

I also spent some time at another garden, this one at a day care center. We took the kids out to dig up the potatoes, which was probably the cutest thing ever. They were so excited! They rushed to show me what they found, and they dug furiously with their hands covered absurdly in plastic gloves that were too large for them.

I'm really enjoying the work so far and I'm learning a lot from going out into the community to talk to the gardeners. There are a lot of different cultures involved in the community gardening movement in Camden and I love talking to everyone and seeing how everyone gardens. There are a lot of different plants that people are growing and some of them are completely new to me. I'll keep you posted on the progress, and try to take more pictures to share my new experiences.


Susan said...

wow- awesome pics! where are you working now? i love the design of the little garden.

Era said...

Thanks! I'm working as the Community Garden Organizer at the Camden Children's Garden.

Gentlewhoadie Apt One said...

haha that kid in the last pic is so cute