Adventures in Organic Gardening on Saturdays

Seeds to Sprouts program info

Kids can learn about or­ganic gar­den­ing, beneficial bugs and growing a salad while getting a chance to dig in the dirt! Seeds to Sprouts: Ad­ven­tures in Or­ganic Gar­den­ing will be held on select Saturdays from March to August for chil­dren ages 6 to 10. The setting is the beautiful An­gora Fruit Far­m at An­ti­etam Lake Park in Lower Al­sace Town­ship. 

March 18 – “Grow as We Go.” Chil­dren are given a brief in­tro­duc­tion to gar­den­ing and its benefits while as­sist­ing staff with con­struct­ing gar­den plots.

April 15 – “O, Say, Can You Seed?” Pro­gram cen­ters on what a seed is and how it grows into a plant. Chil­dren will plant seeds in con­tain­ers, as well as di­rectly sow them into gar­den plots.

May 20 – “I Dig Dirt.” Kids of all ages love to play in it, but what ex­actly is soil? Par­tic­i­pants will get out­side and get those hands dirty while dig­ging for crit­ters in the gar­den, mak­ing ob­ser­va­tions, and turn­ing those soil dis­cov­er­ies into art­work.

June 17 – “Worms at Work.” Worms plan an im­por­tant role in the gar­den from loos­en­ing the soil to break­ing down plant material. Chil­dren will make a mini com­post­ing con­tainer to take home.

July 15 – “Bugs and Beast­ies.” Par­tic­i­pants will work in teams to col­lect and iden­tify gar­den in­sects and de­ter­mine which in­sects are harm­ful to plants and which help the gar­den. One of the fruit farm’s spe­cial “pol­li­na­tors” will pay a visit.

Aug. 19 – “Har­vest Sal­ad­bra­tion.” Par­tic­i­pants will gather their fresh pro­duce and taste the fruits of their la­bor in this fun-filled har­vest cel­e­bra­tion. The chil­dren will pre­pare a boun­ti­ful salad feast for their fam­i­lies.

Registration is required, and the cost is $45 per child.

Contact Jennifer Brooks, Environmental Educator, at 484-509-2667 ext. 3, or by emailing jbrooks [at] countyofberks.com.

This pro­gram is pre­sented by the Berks County Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment. The An­gora Fruit Farm is lo­cated at 502 An­gora Road, Lower Al­sace Town­ship, and is a part of the sur­round­ing An­ti­etam Lake Park.

 

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