Last year the SOAR students assisted in building and creating the garden at Parson Hills Elementary. We started out with six empty raised garden beds. The students decided what type of vegetation they wanted to grow and harvest. They choose to do lettuce, mint, onions, cabbage, spinach, and cauliflower. After getting all our seeds to plant we did research on the proper way to plant and grow all these vegetables. The students in Garden Club were the ones to do all the research and preparation. Once the students completed their research with the help of the group leaders, they began to create plans of how to begin the process of starting the garden. The students were so excited to see their plants grow and couldn't wait to come back the next day to see which ones have grown. This was really sweet because they were so excited to see their plants but we had the opportunity to talk about patience and how it takes a long time for the seeds to grow but during that time we still have to take care of them. So the students made schedules of who was watering and tending to the garden throughout the week.
After a few months students helped design a fence to go around the garden so that we could keep all critters out. The students were able to build the entire fence with the help of their group leaders. Being able to observe the students grow in confidence and take pride in their work was incredible. SOAR garden club was a huge success and taught students to be confident in their work, the importance of working with others and to practice patience. It's exciting to see what our garden club holds this coming spring.