Give peas a chance

Jul 18, 2014
Courtesy of: Teisha Hufnagel Helpers on hand for the planting of the Coastal Community Children's Garden the last day of May. ( left to right: front: Madrona and Ronin Wienges, Tori and Isabel Willauer, Megan Rogers, Louis MacLellen Ruf, Luka Wienges, and David, Judith, Mia, and Jaime Whiting.)

Rockland — It is said that a vegetable is sweeter if you pick it yourself. Children and their families will have the opportunity to taste the fruit (or in this case vegetable) of their labor at the Coastal Children's Museum Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. where Program Coordinator Megan Rogers and other members of the Children's Garden Committee will lead visitors to the Coastal Children's Community Garden and pick a few peas, spinach, chard and coriander. The families will then rinse them ready to be taken home or left for other visitors to enjoy. Participants may pull a weed or two as well!

The Coastal Community Children's Garden (CCCG) was conceived and planted in collaboration with the Good Tern Co-Op's Educational Outreach Committee in Rockland on the hillside of the Sail Power Steam Museum in a plot donated by Capt. Jim Sharp of Sharp's Point South. The patch is growing tomatoes, basil, chives, coriander, zucchini, potatoes, beans, peas, carrots and chard with a purpose to introduce children to gardening and the joys of eating vegetables in a fun and hands on way. A Harvest Celebration with Uproot Pie pizza made with ingredients from the garden will be cooked up at the museum in October in concert with the Good Tern's Autumn Social.

A true community effort, the garden was made possible by donations of seedlings and supplies by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Aldemere Farm, Morning Dew Farm, The Green Thumb and Plants Unlimited and was planted by a group of volunteers and committee members. On hand at the May 31 planting were Chelsea Avirett, Kate, Elsa, Roza and Theo Chandler, Teisha and Casey Hufnagel, Megan and Otto Rogers, Ruth Whipple, Madrona, Luka, and Ronin Wienges, Tori, Finn, Jackson and Isabel Willauer, David, Judith, Mia, and Jaime Whiting, Kris Koerber and Hannah Magnusson from Rockland Youthlinks, and City Counselor Louis MacLellan-Ruf who designed and painted our garden sign. Daniel Bennet and Raya Luehman also helped with a delivered of compost and John Hufnagel donated wood chips for weed control.

This workshop is included in the admission to the museum and open to all visitors to the museum. Located at 75 Mechanic St., the Coastal Children's Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to providing an opportunity to explore, discover, and learn through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences and the diversity of Maine's coast. For more information about the museum and more upcoming events visit coastalchildrensmuseum.org or find them on Facebook.

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