This morning we were unable to go to the big garden due to rain, but Y kids were able to enjoy a Learn-2-Grow lesson inside where they painted strawberries on rocks, made a seasonal tree booklet, and enjoyed a coloring station. An Inspiration Station lesson was a hit with the other camper groups where kids did an egg drop experiment.
Campers from the Y had a wonderful time interacting with their new friends at Copper Creek today. Miss Brandy read, and the kids made cards and crafts while we discussed the virtue of kindness.
Saturday was a great day with lots of volunteers who showed up and helped get a lot done in just a few hours. Special thanks to everyone who came out this morning and pitched in!
Friday Farmer's Market at Lytle was a success! Hannah and Brandy brought lots of fresh beets, turnips, swiss chard, peppers, and herbs from the garden out to Lytle Park Farmer's Market and the rest of the team prepared for Serve Saturday and next week!
Today at Generation-2-Generation at Palm Terrace, kids listened to Miss Bernice read poetry and Pastor Rick play guitar and harmonica. They created a bucket craft like the ones the other Y-kids made earlier this week. Campers at Farm-2-Table learned about avocados and the difference between "good" HDL cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol. They enjoyed making their own guacamole and got to try some snap peas from the garden!
Be sure to visit us at Heritage Park (across from the train station) on Wednesdays from 11:00 am til 1:00 pm !
Today was a busy day before the rainfall. Y campers came to our big garden in the morning, and we got a lot of mulching, tilling, planting, and weeding done with everyone's help. Another group came to the Fit-2-Serve building that afternoon where we tended to the garden, as well as read a story and created our own wind chimes!
Team members Brandy and Andrisell hosted an Inspiration Station where they made different shaped columns for the children to predict which would hold the most books. The kids then used that knowledge to create their own bridges out of gum drops and toothpicks, which they put to the test under a stack of books.
Kindness was the theme of today's Generation-2-Generation. The kids listened to "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud-- and then got to work on their own list of "Bucket Fillers" and "Bucket Dippers". They wrote their best examples of positive actions on paper buckets and crafted greeting cards for their friends to have. There were lively discussions on the topic of kindness and even an impromptu birthday celebration for Jaden!
Today was another great Saturday! The garden is looking better than ever and our team came ready to work hard! Lots of new crops were planted today, so be sure to come visit us at the Heritage Park Farmer's Market on Wednesday and Lytle Park Farmer's Market on Friday to see the fruits and vegetables of our labor!
Team members Hannah and Andy attended the Farmer's Market at Lytle Park where our vitamin-packed swiss chard was a big hit! The rest of the AmeriCorps team tended to our end-of-week operations including planning and preparing activities for next week.
The kids had an awesome day reconnecting with residents they remember from the school year at Mattoon Health Center. We also did a Farm-2-Table program where the kids got to try garden fresh kale with salad dressing that they made!
Team members Hannah and Nathan tended to our stand at the Heritage Park Farmer's Market and Jenna and Cheryl hosted a Family Farm-2-Table where they prepared and enjoyed a delicious meal with a family from the community!
Rain was no problem as we were able to have the Y kids at the Fit-2-Serve building where they learned about beans and crafted a paper greenhouse with a bean seed to germinate!
The kids enjoyed a butterfly craft and connected with the residents at Copper Creek Crossing. We read "Hope for the Flowers" and discussed the value of hope!
Today we had a great morning in the garden. We mulched in order to combat weed growth and keep our fruits and vegetables happy!
We had a great turn out at the farmers market today! We sold tons of lettuce and beets. We will be back at Lytle Park next week from 8-11 on Friday!
The Y children made some awesome connections with the residents today! They all enjoyed the craft and book that was read. The meaning for the craft and book was to teach everyone about hope. Everyone came up with some amazing examples of hope in their life!
The first Mid-Week Farmers Market was held on June 6th! We will be located at Heritage Park (across from train station in Mattoon) at 11-1 for the rest of the summer! Come out and see the produce that the community is growing!
We had a great first day with the Y kids! They came over to the Fit-2-Serve building and read the book Anywhere Farm. This book showed the students that they could grow plants in ANYTHING! We all collected different items around our houses to allow the children to plant in. Some of the items were mugs, shoes, and even purses. They also did a wonderful job at weeding in the garden with Mr. Bill!
Reading for Generation-2-Generation!
First Saturday Community Gardening Day!