Monday, October 3, 2011

Our First Ever Open Garden Day!

This past Saturday the Dreamkeeper Garden had it's first ever open garden day!  We welcomed over 100 friends from the garden including volunteers from Tulane University, New Orleans Outreach, Americorps, and more.

Our day began right on time at 10:00AM when our Edible Schoolyard crew introduced themselves and explained the jobs they would be coordinating.  Mr. Jahmal led volunteers in pruning and mulching trees, Mr. Rahn's crew dredged land for our new wetlands, Ms. Marion's group designed and painted signs for our garden, and Mr. Sam's group kicked off our fall planting by seeding some of our beds and starting some new seedlings in trays.

More than 20 scholars from Langston Hughes Academy and their mamas, papas, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters and cousins joined in for the fun as well.  We had students representing each year from kindergarten to 4th grade who participated.

For more than two hours the garden was abuzz with work!  Volunteers helped shovel, mulch, water, paint, built, deconstruct, plant, transplant, and weed until the garden looked absolutely spectacular!  At around 12:30PM everybody broke for lunch provided by Langenstein's.  After lunch some persevering volunteers and families stayed to help tidy up.

The garden has never looked so good!  Many thanks to the dozens of participants in the first of many open garden days at LHA, and many thanks to the staff, supporters and service people who made it all a success.