News, Stories, and Field Notes from the Growing Center

Backyard Scavenger Hunt: Limerick Edition!

The first week that school was cancelled, my six year-old son, Danny, and I were hanging out in our yard one sunny morning with his two younger siblings. Looking around the yard and trying to think happy thoughts about spring, we decided to write some riddles for his cousins who live in Utah. I figured it would give him something to focus on while we were outside, and as a follow-up activity, he could draw "hint pictures" to describe each item that you might find in a kid's backyard. As a fan of the NPR news quiz Wait Wait... Don't Tell me!, I thought writing a limerick would help him think about rhyming words as well as different ways to describe an object without going right out and sayi

The Poetry Corner

We asked the poets who have been part of the Growing Center's Poetry in the Garden reading series for poems, either their own or by others, to help get us through these uncertain times. Here are a few: Susan Donnolly offered one of her own poems: "A Morning Moon" is memory, or doubt something leftover in the heart, regret perhaps, or a thought lingering like dust on a half-erased blackboard a reminder of sorrow even for one who hours earlier had watched from an east-facing window as day stretched and woke who as usual whispered "rosy-fingered dawn" just to please herself. Allison Adair suggested Wendell Berry's "The Peace of Wild Things." This link includes audio of him r

April Matching Gift Challenge Success! Plus, a New Challenge and Raffle Drawing for May!

A big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful friends and supporters, because last month, we not only succeeded in matching the $500 gift we received, but we MORE than DOUBLED it! Thanks to all of you, in the month of April we raised $1,101, and this is in addition to the $500 we received from our anonymous donor! We are truly grateful to be able to use these funds to continue the Growing Center's mission in our 2020 season. We continue working with a limited group of volunteers to maintain the Growing Center while it is still closed to the public, all while adhering to recommended public safety guidelines. Although it is hard for many friends of the Growing Center to be away from it at the beginn

Gardening During a Pandemic

Lines at the store. Bare produce shelves. Empty frozen foods aisles. This is our reality now––or at least, it was for a few weeks. For those of us who actually enjoyed food shopping before, it's turned into nothing but a huge stress on our lives, a chore that takes up half the day. So what have many people turned to, city dwellers, suburbanites, and country folks alike––as a way to pass the time at home and cut down on the stress and cost of grocery shopping? Gardening. The opportunity to grow our own food. It occurred to me back in mid-March that this could become a trend. Little did I realize that most home gardeners by then have already planned their gardens and ordered their seeds. Our f

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