Coordinator for the Boston Natural Areas Network. Along with VCO veteran volunteer, Sue Rosenkranz, and a delightful group of new volunteers, Dana met weekly with a core group of kids to explore the world of gardening from the ground up (pun intended!). They began with basics of identifying different vegetables by name, look, and feel, and then took their knowledge out to the garden plot where they planted a mix of seeds and seedlings. They spent the following weeks
watering, weeding, and watching. Things got exciting when it was harvest time, and kids got to take home the spoils of their labor and proudly share them with their families. As the summer went on, the garden club often met for story time picnics, where they would sample healthy snacks and read stories like Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, which teaches about the importance of the environment. It has been fun and exciting to see kids increase their understanding of where food comes from and experience joy in growing things of their own. We’re encouraged by the club’s growth and excited for what next spring will bring!