From March 11th to the 14th our wonderful student volunteers volunteered at the Orange Blossom Community Garden for our 2014 Ringling College Alternative Spring Break. On the first day, they built a whole new flowerbed and helped protect other plants (kale, broccoli, peppers, and lettuce) from the heat by covering the soil with straw (the dry stalks of cereal plants). The students learned how to prepare the soil with compost, and learned to do tilling of the soil. Tilling is an agricultural preparation of the soil.
On the second day, they helped expand the Ringling Plot by making another bed next to it, where we planted green beans. The third day, the students helped make a third plot where on the fourth day we planted strawberries, green beans, and pineapples. They also put up the new Orange Blossom Community Garden signs that our students painted during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
The students had a great time learning about the importance of healthy eating, worm feeding and harvesting, and the right ways and time of year to plant fruits and vegetables in order to have a good harvest later in the year. In addition to that, by the end of the day, they got to take home some fresh veggies!! :)
We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and the Orange Blossom Community Garden for taking their time to teach us and let us be part of this wonderful garden.
Interested in volunteering?
Contact Rachel Levey-Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org, Karen Arango, email@example.com, or Andy Angstadt, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
By Karen Arango