Inspiring participation in public affairs —
in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson’s life, thought, and ideals.
WELCOME TO THE RIPTON COMMUNITY GARDEN
FOR SUMMER WORK & FUN:
SUMMER 2003: HERE’S THE DIRT!
The garden is a place of nourishment, learning, fun, and solace. But to the uninformed, it holds its share of perils. Make sure you know what's edible. Don't step on that rake! Am I
allergic to that? The safety issues are both human-made and natural. This first day we'll get a safe start in the garden.
SEEDS, GLORIOUS SEEDS
It all starts (and ends) with them: without seeds, our garden wouldn't amount to a hill of beans! A
seed begins as a seed and often ends as a seed, and in between, these tiny miracles contain all that's needed to produce a sunflower, a bean, or a towering white pine. How do they do it?
Together we'll take a look at our garden
plot and discuss what to plant and where to plant it - and why. Then, take a break in the shade with art supplies and paper to let our imaginations and creativity run wild as we design our dream garden.
WATER, WATER, (EVERY)WHERE?
need water to survive, why don't we water our Community Garden? Sure, we give the little transplants a good drink to get them started, but after that, they're on their own. How do they survive? If we don't give them water, where do they get it?
THE BIRDS AND THE BEES
These guys are more important than most of us realize. Without these and other pollinators, most flowering plants couldn't produce fruits and seeds to create the next generation. Let's look at what we can do to help them help our garden!
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
In honor of the most neighborly of neighbors, Fred Rogers, we'll spend some time today with our neighbors in our neighborhood garden. Your job? Pitch in and be a good neighbor: bring a neighbor or a friend to community garden with you today. Then bring another neighbor some goodies from the garden.
NAVIGATING OUR GARDEN
What's growing where? We'll make a map of the garden, identify what's growing, and talk about companion planting - who likes to be planted next to who and why not all plants get along.
ARE YOU GONNA EAT THAT?
Where does the food you eat come from? What percentage of your own food do you grow? If you don't grow it, who does? Here's a look at why buying locally makes sense.
WE REAP WHAT WE SOW (AND HOE!)
Today we get to taste some of the fruits (and veggies) of a summer's worth of hard work. We've learned a lot, we've worked hard, now let's enjoy and share!
- Garden sessions will include planning, planting, weeding, harvesting, hoeing, thinning, and more. Depending on the tasks that need to be accomplished, the size of the group, weather, and energy levels, this time may be lengthened or shortened.
- Please be prepared with: a water bottle, a hat, close-toed shoes (no sandals!),
sunscreen, and clothing that can get DIRTY!
- Snacks will be available every time we meet, but please eat a good breakfast before you come - all the great farmers and gardeners do!
- Bring a friend, spread the word. This is a COMMUNITY effort. Participate!
A GARDEN FOR DAILY LIVING
Plant three rows of peas:
Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul
No garden should be without turnips:
Turnip for service when needed
Turnip for help one another
Turnip the music and dance
Plant four rows of squash:
Water freely with patience and
Cultivate with love.
There is much fruit in your garden
Because you reap what you sow.
Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be happy
Lettuce really love one another
To conclude our garden
We must have thyme:
Thyme for fun
Thyme for rest
Thyme for ourselves
For more information call Wendy at 388-9522 or 7676. The Ripton Community Garden program is sponsored by The Jefferson Legacy Foundation.
The Jefferson Legacy Foundation
Town Office Building, P.O. Box 76
Ripton, Vermont 05766
Phone 802-388-7676 Fax: 802-388-1776
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Jamie Wyeth.
Used with permission of the artist. Copyright © Jamie Wyeth