While the drought put a damper on many backyard gardens in summer,
it didn't stop the enthusiasm for gardening by the kids in the garden club
at Simi Valley Boys and Girls Club summer camp. Twice week, campers between
the ages of six and 11 tended the small garden at the club, carefully using only
enough water to keep the vegetables and fruit trees growing strong.
The garden club planted watermelon, pumpkin, carrot, radish and squash seeds.
Already sprouting are peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes plus newly
planted apple and orange trees. The campers have also planted flowers that they
will donate to the Simi Valley Senior Center.
is using the drought situation to teach the children about drought tolerant
fruits and vegetables like Sugar Baby Watermelons and New Zealand Spinach,"
says Virginia Hayward, chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Club. "Through
California's water crisis we can teach our club members how to be responsible
and caring individuals and how to adapt to certain circumstances. It's
truly a wonderful program and the children love the hands on learning
the young gardeners think of their handiwork? "It's awesome. I love to plant
and watch things grow," says Juliette, age eight, who has been a Boys &
Girls Club member for three years. "I can't wait until everything is ready to
gardening club of Boys and Girls Club teens are responsible a portion of the
garden. The club will continue to meet and garden through the fall.
the organics recycler for cities throughout Ventura County, donated the organic
vegetable gardening mix for the Boys and Girls Club's eight garden boxes.
an organic garden and enjoying the results of your hard work teaches
responsibility, the value of healthy, chemical-free food and an appreciation of
where our food comes from," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "Hopefully, these
will be lifelong lessons as we all strive for a more sustainable and
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