|Locally grown lettuce from the greenhouse|
Part of my job includes maintenance at the Youth Garden and greenhouse near the elementary school. You can usually find me weeding and watering when I’m in the garden. The best experience I’ve had so far was when I was transplanting tomatoes and some local kids were walking by and wanted to help. Seeing kids say that they “love to help people” just does my heart so much good. My intention from that day turned from solely getting the job done while enjoying myself to making sure that the kids also had fun doing their assigned tasks. Surprisingly, the hardest part of having the kids help out is making sure that they all got an equal turn to do what they wanted to do. The kids helped me transplant tomatoes, move the transplanted tomatoes inside the greenhouse, plant beans, plant radishes, and water the tomatoes and other plants.
|Isaiah, a student helper, cutting cucumbers|
It is currently the second week of the Boulder 21st Century Community Learning Center’s summer program, and so far most of my time has been spent in the kitchen preparing meals and cleaning up. Each day I work with student helpers and my supervisor, Lea Howe, to make sure that the food gets to the kids in time for lunch. One day I asked a girl what her favorite part of the meal was, and she said “the salad”. Surprisingly, a lot of the kids in the program seem to like the salad, and I believe this is because they help us harvest the lettuce.
Our main challenge is getting the food into a form that the kids will eat and having some parents tell us that their kids don’t like the meals. There are naturally some foods that the kids will not like, but the main thing when it comes to what they will eat is the delivery. For instance, we served pizza that had a sauce containing spinach. A lot of kids who did not like spinach still ate the meal because they like eating pizza.