June 30, 2011 Youth Quest + Peace Mob
On the 28th of June we were lucky to have a group of around 50 students from Montrose and Southwestern Academy come visit us @ the garden for educational workshops and tours about urban farming and revitalization.
There were three introductory concepts provided through hands on workshops covering Arts, Gardening and Construction.
Intro to Arts: Understanding reappropriation and beautification.
This workshop was centered around reusing old bricks as a decorative edging for one of our beds (picture coming soon). Everyone had an opportunity to spraypaint one brick from a burned down house to show how a little effort, color and team work brings out the best in some otherwise overlooked and useful materials. Everyone also contributed to the making of an autographed sign giving credit to all of the wonderful Youth Quest people who came out to help (pictured above.sideways.)
Introduction to Gardening: Self Sustainability and Urban Farming techniques. This workshop was an inclusive hands-on planting experience in which each participant learned about Lasagna Gardening, Weeding, Water Catchment systems, different types of flowers/fruits/vegetables and the importance of healthy cheap food in a community. Below is the start of the Youth Quest flower bed at Peace Mob Gardens.
Introduction to Construction: Recycling, Reappropriation, and Reusing.
In this workshop participants brought two empty 2 liter bottles to be reused and reappropriated into the wall of a windowbox greenhouse. By cutting off the bottoms of the bottles and glueing the rest together in colums each person did there piece in building a neccesary component of gardening, the greenhouse. Great Job!
With support from the Flint River Farm, Jenny Bs Garden Party, The Weed Lady, Richs Greenhouse, Youth Quest, and Peace Mob volunteers the day was full of smiles, fun, shared learning and was a huge sucess for urban farming/revitalization here in Flint, Michigan. Thanks again to everyone who participated and helped get our message out there. Hope to see you soon!