The Howdy! Farm donated 3 raised garden beds to the Kemp-Carver elementary school in Bryan. They asked for these garden beds to help teach the children about gardening and sustainability. I was fortunate enough to help out on this project. The beds were assembled at the Farm, delivered to the school, and then built on site. I helped assembled 1 of the 3 beds with Corey, I even got to use the power tools!! Along with building one of the beds, I also got to help deliver them and set them up at the school. Here's what the school looked like before we started setting them up:
It's was intense unloading all the parts to the garden beds!! There were 4 of us but it was still a difficult job. Those wood pieces may not look very heavy but let me tell ya, I was sore for about 4 days after this adventure. It was well worth it though, I'm all out helping out the community especially when it comes to sustainability. So if by doing all this I can help more kids learn about farming/gardening then I'll do just about anything to help them out. After about an hour we finally assembled all the beds and screwed them together. Once we did that we we laid down landscaping fabric inside each bed for the compost to fall on. The use of the fabric will help minimize the growth of weeds into the garden bed. We then spend the next hour shoveling a truck load of compost into one of the beds. Can you believe that? 1 truck load of compost is barely enough compost for 1 garden bed. Crazy, I know! Once we finished unloading the compost, we called it quits for day 1 and here's what it looked like:
I think we did an outstanding job of setting up these garden beds, I just hope the children will enjoy learning about gardening as much as I've enjoyed my time at the Farm thus far. Hopefully they get to plant lots of plants they turn into delicious foods!! Maybe these kids will grow up to become Howdy Farm Interns after learning about farming/gardening just like me. Ya never know, it could totally happen!
***Another group of Howdy Farm peeps went out there to finish the job of unloading enough compost for 2 garden beds the following Monday.