Last Saturday Jenny traveled to the historic Harriet Barber House in Hopkins, SC for a Youth field day event. For the event Jenny installed a 3×3 box and had the children help plant corn, watermelon, onions, and beans. The children were eager to get their hands dirty and were excited to learn how they could grow veggies at home in their backyards!
HQ enjoyed being part of the Sandhills Farmers Market. We were able to network with different people to include master gardeners and members of other farmers markets. Sandhills Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from May through November from 2pm till 7pm. You will find our tent there through September and possibly through November. We will be there explaining our method and demonstrating how simple SFG method is. HQ will have limited supplies with us for purchase but we would love for you to stop by, say “hi” and tell us all about your garden.
Last week SFGF HQ was asked to help with the Richland county public library’s “Grow it” event for kids. There were about 20 kids in attendance, the children’s librarians started the event by reading gardening themed story books and dancing to “get the wiggles out”. They then got a lesson from a fellow library employee, who showed the kids what certain veggies look like before harvest, and asked what a garden needs to grow. SFG then gave each child a cow-pot filled with SFG soil and a watermelon seed to take home. The kids were very excited about starting their own garden at home.
SFG HQ left on last Monday to present at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Show on the HGTV stage. Rick Johnson, Melissa Barth and Jenny Gillespie hosted 2 presentations on each day (Tuesday through Thursday). We taught the audience the SFG method and showed them how easy it was for them to do in all
areas of the world. We concentrated on the Square Foot Gardening with Kids book that debuted in March 2014.
We had a 3×3 garden set up and had help from all the children in the audience to teach them how easy it was to plant in each square. We met people from all over the country as well as a couple from England. There was a wide range of gardeners from those who have never heard of SFG to those that practice our method. It was a great experience for all those involved. We gave away books and introduced so many others to our method. Such a rewarding time!
Last week we partnered with EdVenture, a local children’s museum, and installed four square foot gardens at H.B. Rhame Elementary. These gardens are a part of their after school program teaching about nutrition and healthy eating. Our goal is to show the kids how easy it is to grow your very own fresh produce!