LOVELAND, OHIO - Stephanie Sarnecki (left) and Peg Sulfsted were tending the gardens at the Loveland Elementary and Primary schools on Friday. Sarnecki is garden founder Roberta Paolo's assistant and she describes Sulfsted as the garden's "knowledge bank" and seed expert. Sulfsted trades seeds on the internet and procures seeds from large seed companies from their excess stock or asks them for last year's seeds.
Acording to Paolo, coordinators are the most important part of the Granny's Garden School program and she needs more for the upcoming school year.
Paolo said, "Teachers will tell you that having dedicated garden volunteers is what makes it possible for their class to get the most learning from their class garden."
Each classroom needs one or two people to be in charge (coordinate) and 4-5 garden volunteers to help with the activities.
You do not need to know how to garden. Paolo said, "We will teach you what you need to know."
Since early spring, volunteers have been working with present coordinators and teachers to develop new support material. Training will be starting soon. If you think this might be something you are interested in doing, you can attend one or both of two training workshops. You are welcome to bring your children and they can take part in the program. There is no charge but you do need to register by e-mailing Granny at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 11th, 8-11 a.m.
Jane Gonzales is an Environmental Educator with Mothers Nature, Inc. The company provides in-house field trips for preschool through second grade to schools located all over the tri-state area. As a mother of two, she realizes that even the youngest citizen can make a positive impact on their environment. Gonzales is particularly interested in helping children become aware that nature is as close as their own back yard. To that end, she volunteers for Grannys Garden School and The Cincinnati Nature Center in an educational capacity.
Techniques for working in the gardens with 25 kids.
Tips for teaching about garden insects.
Points of interest on the nature trail.
Available supplies and teaching material and how to us it
Wednesday, August 18th, 8-11 a.m.
Topic: Identifying and using culinary herbs and edible flowers and herbs in the pioneer garden.
Rita Heikenfeld, CCP, Herbalist
Identifying and using culinary herbs and edible flowers
Tour the herb garden picking herbs and edible flowers under Rita's guidance.
The class will prepare a variety of dishes using the herbs and flowers gathered with other simple ingredients.
Sit down together and enjoy the fruits of our labors.
Rita will share her knowledgeable about culinary herbs and Peggy French will cover how herbs were used by the pioneers. Peggy French: is a retired Loveland City Schools teacher and volunteers at the Loveland Historical Museum as a tour guide for school groups that includes the herb garden at the Museum. Peggy will be sharing some of the information she has cultivated about how the pioneers used herbs.
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