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Gardening in Camden in the Fall

This past year, two raised beds were constructed for Sacred Heart’s Montessori Preschool Program.   They are conveniently located next to our Center and the Montessori school.   The raised beds, rain barrel, and composter make a nice background for our youth-run farmer’s stand during the summer months.  CFET’s Farmer Jon instructed the children during the spring as they planted snap peas, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, basil, dill, quinoa, cabbage, and carrots.  As the school year ended, Farmer Jon explained that some of the plants would be waiting for them when they returned back to school in the fall.

Early October, Farmer Jon once again visited the Montessori School garden and met with the children who were eager to see him again.  They walked around the garden beds and the returning students showed the new students the different plants they had planted in the spring – carrots, cherry tomatoes, and basil with Farmer Jon. They then started planting new crops for the fall.  The children, with some instruction put lettuce seedlings in the ground and were able to plant with the leaves up and the roots down.  They also planted some spinach seeds.  Finally, the students favorite part, was watering the new plantings with the water they got from the rain barrel.

About the Grantee

Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET)

The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) manages 3 gardens in Camden. CFET has an innovative youth program that uses urban agriculture to develop young people’s skills and teaches healthy eating. We host service learning retreats focused on the environment and food justice.