Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kids and gardening


This picture shows two children from the neighborhood helping out with the gardening in the Urban Meadow.  Someone called the pulling of the mugwort a "Sisyphean" task - but these kids were doing their best to join in.  They were helped by several other children whose conversations were delightful to listen in on while we sweated over our weeding.  The kids were exclaiming over the butterflies, ladybugs, snails, roly polies and other little creatures they were coming across while they worked.  And I heard one four year old explaining to two other children that they were pulling out the mugwort because it was choking the other flowers.  Gardening is a wonderful way to educate kids about nature and give them the satisfaction of working toward a common goal.

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