August was a fruitful month in the Sullivan Memorial Learning Garden. The students’ CAS projects wound down just as many of the summer crops were reaching their last legs. Tomatoes became blighted and the zucchini and summer squash fizzled out after producing loads of juicy fruits over the last two months. The CSA family came to garden for the last time to get their box of produce, and then sent this lovely thank you note to the students who grew their food:
Dear Claire and Ben –
I wanted to thank you for all your hard work this summer in taking care of the Sullivan Memorial Garden for the CSA Pilot. Your ownership and leadership over the program was impressive, and you should both be very proud of yourselves. You took on a huge responsibility this summer in taking care of the garden, and it flourished under your care. My family and Faith In Action benefited greatly from the bounty of vegetables that resulted.
This was the first CSA my family has ever participated in. My purpose of joining the CSA was to:
1) Try new vegetables/produce that I would not have normally purchased at the grocery store.
2) Introduce my picky daughters (ages 4 and 6) to the gardening process in hopes they would be more willing to try different vegetables.
3) Learn new recipes to prepare the vegetables for my family.
4) Learn how to prepare the vegetables for storing over the winter (freezing).
I feel I have met all 4 of my goals!
My family has learned a lot this summer, and I know you both have too. The lessons you are learning about gardening are life skills that are so important and will be able to be used for the rest of your lives.
Thank you for allowing my family to participate in the learning process with you.
Take Care and Happy Gardening,
Here are some of the great moments from the last month of the summer in the DHS garden . . .