Unfinished Business – 4th Quarter 2012

Back towards the end of 2012 I decided I needed to take a break from publishing content about the garden and as a result I am a little backed up.  Yielding to the demands of my readers, associates, the school and my sponsors I am back at it, in full writing mode…the torch has been re-lit and my spirit burns to write again.  Actually, I have been kind of busy with getting several gardens going and executing a few projects for some of my other clients.  No drama…just the reality, lol!

So to bring everybody up to speed, here’s the QuickBooks version of what’s been taking place at the Nolan Elementary-Middle School Garden.

October

The garden was finally wrapping up.  The kids/students were coming every week to harvest their crops.  It was surprising how long we were able to harvest deep into the season and how great the yield was.  By the last week of October they got the last of the beans and had grown tired of the lettuce (which continued to grow until the first frost/snowfall).

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To celebrate our “survival” and our successes we had an awards breakfast at the Rescue Mission Restaurant in Highland Park.  It was a wonderful opportunity to thank the kids and their parents for their important contributions to the garden’s success.  The food was good and the mood was even better, as each child got a certificate commemorating their hard work and dedication throughout the summer.  They also received a small stipend courtesy of Bonnie Odom-Browns’ organization B.E. Culturally Exposed.

Planting The Seeds Certificate 2012

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Our kids’ day was not over after the breakfast either.  After the meal they all hopped on a bus to go to Wizards Farm & Orchard, in Ypsilanti.

November

November was special because we opened a new partnership with the new administration of Nolan.  We were formally introduced to Mrs. Angela Underwood, the school principal and Ms. DeAndrea Rogers, the “Parent and Community Involvement Specialist”.  Both were highly enthused about the garden program and Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners.

We also received a generous donation of “garden pots” from Ms. June Axelrad (a vegetarian friend and supporter of the school garden).  Nolan as well as John R. King Academy received a donation of seeds from a variety of plants for the students to use in classroom projects.

December

It was Ho-Ho-Ho Merry Christmas for the kids as they were taken to lunch, bowling and to the movies as a Christmas present from B.E. Culturally Exposed and Maura Ryan-Kaiser, our sponsor, from Snelling Staffing Services.  As you can see the kids were having a marvelous time.

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December was also a sad time because this was the last time that this group was to be together.  Some of them graduated and some moved away.  2013 will bring a totally new set of students/kids that will want to enjoy the gardening experience.  We will also be dealing with a new school administration that has promised us more support.  Lastly, there’s the new program, the School Garden Collaborative.  It looks it could be a big help to get more schools into urban gardening.  Expect to hear more about them later.

Goodbye 2012…Hello 2013!

Thanks again to our sponsors…

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Bonnie Odom-Brown – B.E. Culturally Exposed

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    Janice Sansom said,

    Please let me know when you need help in August. Don’t have the energy to work in the sun when it’s 90 and humid. Other than that, my gardening muscles are primed. Still think you should see my gardens….

    >________________________________ > From: Planting The Seeds >To: jazzfan428@yahoo.com >Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:44 PM >Subject: [New post] Unfinished Business – 4th Quarter 2012 > > > WordPress.com >arthurlittsey posted: “Back towards the end of 2012 I decided I needed to take a break from publishing content about the garden and as a result I am a little backed up.  Yielding to the demands of my readers, associates, the school and my sponsors I am back at it, in full writi” >

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