Girl Scout Ambassador Kyra T. from Grand Junction is working to earn the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. For her project, she partnered with the Grand Junction Community Food Bank to provide their clients with vegetable container gardening kits. Each kit contained soil, seeds, nutritional information, and a “how-to” brochure, which she created after experimenting with container gardening. GSCO asked Kyra to describe her project in her own words. She wrote, “By creating and distributing container gardening kits, my hope is to influence healthy food choices among low-resource or struggling families so they are able to provide their children and themselves with healthy produce at low or minimal cost, as well as teach their kids about good nutrition. Container gardens are suitable for a variety of plants and can be grown on a windowsill, a front porch, or balcony, making them suitable for many types of living environments and easy for families to use.”
Submitted by Sharon Manning
Northern & Northeastern CO
Troop 73392 is tackling a 20-foot by 20-foot garden bed to help grow food for OUR Center in Longmont. But, before you can grow vegetables, you have to clear the weeds! And, there are a lot of weeds in 400- square feet of garden. Several members of the troop and parents spent two hours preparing the garden bed and learning how to run a tiller.
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What’s “buzzing” at Tomahawk Ranch Camp this summer? We are excited to introduce a new bee apiary as part of our homesteading programs!
What is homesteading?
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.
Our homesteading program will include:
1. The Small Animal Farm: campers will be able to connect with animals, learn about their care, and how to harvest eggs and other useful items from the animals
2. The Greenhouse & Gardens: campers will learn about planting and picking produce, how to protect it in a mountain environment from predators and so much more! When the garden produces, campers will enjoy farm to table meals!
3. The Bee Apiary: In our first year, campers will not be doing any hands-on beekeeping; our bees will need peace and quiet in order to get their colonies thriving into the future. The Bee Apiary will be set a distance from the greenhouse and gardens. We will have a separate non-active bee hive setup to show girls how it all works. This is an exciting new way to share about growth cycles and educate girls about how bees help keep everything alive.
NOTE: We are very aware that there may be campers who have a bee sting allergy. Those campers will not be forced to go anywhere near the Bee Apiary. Our health staff will work with families to ensure Epi-Pens are in place for those who have a prescription. Girl safety is always at the utmost importance in this and all activities for our resident campers!
Do you know anyone who loves to garden and wants to volunteer? If so, please have them contact Betsy Till, Outdoor Programs Director via email.
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Submitted by Rebecca Schmidt
Rock of Ages Lutheran Church
Troop 40969 is a multi-troop and has been going through the It’s Your Planet Journey series in all levels from Daisy to Senior. We selected a Community Garden to tie all of the Journeys together.
The Daisies started seedlings and assisted with the planting at the garden. The Brownies worked the plan for watering the garden by collecting recycled hoses and plastic bottles. The Juniors built a compost bin for the garden area. The Cadettes worked a garden protection plan. This was from weather hazards as well as animals. Lastly, the Seniors studied and started composting and then worked to get donations for the compost bin. All the girls were involved with plants and will continue to participate in the care of the garden.
The proceeds of the garden will go to families in need.
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