Sowing Seeds of Success

It’s still frosty outside but preparations for spring are in full gear at EDGE, as teens prepare for their newest adventure: square foot gardening.  Last fall, with the help from Fred Mabry of Mabry Lawn Care, EDGE volunteer Tony Siegmann, volunteers from Butler County United Way, and a generous donation from Lowes, EDGE teens built two garden beds from the ground up.  Teens participated in everything from digging post holes, a three-day job, to drilling screws, and making a scarecrow.

With guidance from adult gardening volunteers, EDGE teens will design the garden layout, plant seeds, water, weed, and harvest.  One garden will be designated for vegetables, while the other  will be used for growing herbs. The ultimate goal is to use the produce generated by the gardens in cooking classes throughout the year, with any extras being given to students and their families to enjoy at home.

In addition to learning a variety of gardening skills, teens will learn about the farm-to-table process and how rewarding it is to grow good, healthy food.  The gardens will also provide teens an opportunity to earn community service hours.

Want to get involved?  EDGE is still looking for adult volunteer gardeners to lend their expertise to the project.  We are also in need of the following supplies: rain barrels, gardening gloves and tools. Contact Annie for more information.