GARDEN STORIES

Stories of hope, inspiration, and of course — gardening!

Harvest Time!

Harvest Time in our school gardens includes picking, weighing, washing, preparing and tasting! Watch the excitement, in this video, as the students at West Godwin Elementary  discover cucamelons growing from overhanging vines and show off the radishes, peppers, cucumbers and other vegetables they have harvested. After harvesting, students took their vegetables to a scale where...

Herb Gardens for Seniors

Part of our mission at H.O.P.E Gardens (Helping Other People Eat) is to inspire our student gardeners to not only grow food for themselves but to also consider helping the people in their community have access to healthy garden produce. Our middle and junior high students embraced the challenge by planting beautiful herb gardens as...

Bugs in Our Garden!

Summer garden students could hardly contain their excitement as they turned over rocks, looked under plants and dug in the soil in order to observe the abundance of bugs living in and around their school gardens. They compared the creatures they captured to pictures that revealed which ones were beneficial to the garden and which...

Recipe: Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients 1 cup watermelon chunks 1 cup pineapple chunks 1 cup grapes 1 cup strawberries 2 kiwi (peeled and cut in quarters) 6” bamboo skewers 1 cup light strawberry yogurt Directions Place fruit chunks on bamboo skewers. Place fruit kabobs on platter. Place yogurt in bowl. Serve kabobs with yogurt on the side. Source: USDA...

Continuing Our Impact with Remote Lessons

We provided remote lessons with garden activity kits to more than 600 students at 13 schools each month this winter. The activities were enjoyed by leaders and students alike. In January, students were given a lesson on Seed Dispersal and then used seeds to create Pinecone Bird Feeders. Students had fun getting their hands into...

Staff Spotlight: Meet Arthur Gardine!

This year, we transitioned from having students helping in the gardens to working with only staff and a few volunteers, and found we needed extra help.  In June, we hired our first youth employee, Arthur Gardine. Arthur first learned of H.O.P.E. Gardens when he was a 6th grade student at South Elementary. He helped install...