Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gardening with Chester County Food Bank

Today, the Kiddie Warriors had a gardening treat!  The entire morning was spent preparing two new garden beds in the courtyard. The food beds are part of a project from the Chester County Food Bank. The CCFB has created 110 raised garden bed locations in Chester County. Apart from beautifying the area, the gardens are food resources.  The gardens grow herbs and vegetables for harvest: 70% going to the Food Bank, the rest to the garden hosts.  It's a win-win for everyone!

Mary Kay and Andrea from the Chester County Food Bank were gracious directors amidst the chaos of the Kiddie Warriors!  Their patience (and humor) were much appreciated!  Together with some of the Henderson High School Students and and parent helper Mr. Brown, Mary Kay and Andrea built 2 new beds.  Once the carpentry was complete, the Kiddie Warrior came out to help prepare the beds (ie: lining the bottoms with newspaper) and filling the beds with soil. 

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that the Kiddie Warriors were HAPPY to get their hands dirty with the project (pun intended!).  The kids scaled the "mountain" of dirt, filled buckets, transported the dirt and burned off energy by running around.  It is fun to see the kids more and more comfortable with their Big Teachers. The Big Teachers are doing a fantastic job with the kids!

We look forward to seeing what grows in the new garden beds, and happy to help the CC Food Bank with the harvest.  We hope projects like this instill a passion for community and helping those in need in our young students!

If you would like more information about being a part of the Raised Garden Bed Program, here is the online brochure.

See below for some (read: a ton) of pictures from today's Chester County Food Bank Garden Project!

The supplies

The current garden beds about to grow by 2.

2 sides up! 2 sides to go!

The beds come together quite quickly!

Hammering and Drilling the supports

A future Kiddie Warrior learning about spreading the soil
(Andrea and Mary Kay were fantastic with the kids!)

The Kiddie Warriors arrive. Senna surveys the garden bed progress.

Madi happy to help!

Emily and Alex like working as a team.

Laying paper before the beds are filled with dirt.

It's a big. Pile. Of. DIRT!
Dirt, dirt and more dirt! Senna and Rayne were all about dirt!

Riley loves gardening!

Putting finishing touches on the beds.

Angel excited for dirt!

Brandon and CJ stopped for a photo opp.

Lexy acted as fore(wo)man.

Brooke took charge with a shovel and bucket.

Vincenza and her dad drilling a few last holes to complete the bed.

First of many filled buckets!

Brody was a hard worker.

The girls did not let the dirt hold them back!

Jared was particularly stylish in his froggy work boots.

Marla wielded shovels with reckless abandon.

Lilly did a great job filling the bucket with dirt.

Dig, dig, digging away! 

Some chose to be more private about their work.
We respect that at Kiddie Warriors.

Don't they look like cute little ants on an anthill?

One filled, one to go!