The End Of The Beginning – This Is The World That Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners Made!

This is the world that Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners made…

 

This is the field

that is part of the world that Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners made

 

This is the plant

from the land

that was planted by a child

in the field

that is part of the world that Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners made

 

This is a vegetable

that came from a plant

in the land

that was planted by a child

in the field

that is part of the world that Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners made

 

These are the firemen

that watered the garden

that helped the children

that grew the vegetable

in the land

that was planted by a child

in the field

that is part of the world that Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners made

 

These are the children

The Firemen helped by

watering the garden

that grew the vegetable

that came from a plant

in the land

that was planted by a child

in the field

that is part of the world that Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners made

 

To this day, our harvest day

we say “Thank You”

to the Children

to the Firemen

the vegetable

the plant

the field

for the bounty we got

in the wonderful world that Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners Made!

 

 

Revised by A. Littsey

Composed by © 2005 T.W. Brighton

 

Yes it has been quite the year, this 2012!  The Nolan’ Fierce Gardeners have had a lot to deal with working at the Planting the Seeds Garden, from vandalism to drought and yet they endured and survived.  With the way the high heat and the lack of on-site water (we had to haul in water, with the exception of the help from our firemen friends, and hand water every plant) affected everything we did, including bad weather day-offs…like thunderstorms, it was a sure bet that this year was not going to be as successful as our previous year.  But I am here to tell you that those of us that held that belief were wrong, very wrong.

The 2012 garden was different from 2011 in several ways…

  1. From day one, we had the gardeners think and develop a process for how they planted the seeds and plants.  We taught them about measurement and its relevancy for spacing and placement.
  2. They were taught them about seasonal growing (over the winter of 2011 we planted garlic)
  3. We taught them about insects…those that were harmful and those that were beneficial.
  4. They learned the importance of proper garden management, including maintenance (weeding, pest control, watering).  The garden was organic and they ensured it would remain so.
  5. We gave them management and responsibility roles…encouraging them to mature, by presenting situations/projects that had them manage it themselves.
  6. The gardeners were presented with more off-site experiences.  They went to market (Eastern Market), The Detroit Institute of Arts and the main branch of the Detroit Public Library.
  7. They experienced working at other community gardens where they learned different planting techniques and developed social skills amongst their peers and adults.
  8. THEY HAD FUN and LOTS OF IT! 
  9. They looked forward to coming to the garden bonding with the plants just as they did with each other and the adult supervisors.
  10. And we had more adult involvement!  Parents or guardians visited the garden more frequently.  Of the trips the gardeners went on, most of the time a parent was providing transportation and chaperone duty.

The gardeners took home a lot of food to share with their families.  We started harvesting vegetables in large volumes in late  August or early September, before then, only produce that was at its peak market value was picked and it was taken to market.   Overall, we got substantial yield from almost everything we grew…

  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Scallions
  • Green Beans
  • Yellow Wax Beans
  • Melons
  • Tomatoes (Big Beef, Black Cherry, Purple Cherokee)
  • Squash (Zucchini; Summer Squash)
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce (GRP Mix)
  • Sunflowers
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers

Not bad for a garden that got vandalized on numerous occasions.  The kids, oooops!  I mean “the gardeners”, worked very hard to overcome the damage that was done to the garden.  That it survived clearly demonstrates what a strong will and a strong “young” back can do!

I am sure that one of the greatest pleasures, we as adults got from working with these kids, was that they went at it on the first open harvest, picking vegetables that they could take home.  We showed them how to remove the produce from the plant… from picking beans and tomatoes to picking Kale and pulling potatoes out of the ground.  They had bags and bags of goodies…it was like the vegetarian version of Halloween.  The smiles on their faces were incredible.  They started talking among themselves as to how they were going to cook or prepare each vegetable, talked excitedly about the specific vegetables that they liked and picked and how proud they were that they did it themselves.  These were…

The vegetables

that came from  plants

from the land

that was planted by some children

in the field

That Is Part Of The World That Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners Made!

 

Bonnie Odom-Brown

BE CULTURALLY EXPOSED

Maura Ryan-Kaiser

Founding Sponsor

 

 

Presenting Sponsor

A special Thank You to the group of people from the Garden Resource Program (Greening of Detroit)…Lindsay, Tee, Eitan, Tanya, Ashley, Sarah, Cat, Kido, Giancarlo, Sara, Erin, Minni, Jeff, Elizabeth, Nate and Kristine (did I get everybody?…there’s just too many to name!).  They have been a valued resource and are great friends!

 

 

 

 

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    Nancy Bowman said,

    Great job Gardeners…there’s nothing greater than home grown vegetables….Great job!!

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