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THE GARDEN PROJECT

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OVERVIEW

The Garden Project welcomes families (with children ages 5 & up, younger siblings welcome) for boots-on fun as we plant, water, weed, harvest, eat and celebrate our way through the vegetable growing season.

Together we’ll grow and discover a variety of vegetables to be donated to the Marblehead Food Pantry.

Along the way, we’ll learn about science and nutrition through culinary and garden-inspired games, stories and celebrations.

Participants will have the opportunity to show off their growing abilities and creativity at various local venues including the Topsfield Fair, the Marblehead Farmer's Market and the Marblehead Family Fund Pumpkin Illumination.

All gardening abilities welcome!

THE GARDEN at HAMOND NATURE CENTER

The Garden at Hamond Nature Center is owned by Marblehead Recreation & Parks and planted and maintained by families participating in The Garden Project.

Each season the garden looks a little different - depending on our families' tastes and interests.

Garden staples include tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, beens, peas, beets, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, potatoes, onions, herbs and greens, and cut flowers.

We love to experiment with peppers and eggplant and new this year is garlic.

2020 gARDEN PROJECT REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

Offered in partnership with Marblehead Recreation & Parks.

THE GARDEN CYCLE...SEED, WATER, WEED, HARVEST, EAT, SHARE

SPRING at the garden is all about using our hands and tools.

As a team we prepare and plant the beds. Most plantings are direct seed. With help from mother nature, we should be harvesting greens, snap peas and radishes in June. We'll learn about what plants grow best together, garden ingredients and compost and soil.

SUMMER is all about weeding, watering, and harvesting!

By July we should be knee-deep in cucumbers, beans, and greens. And also weeds. We'll spend our mornings watering, weeding, harvesting, and snacking. Along the way we'll learn about why some plants love the hot weather!

FALL is all about harvesting, eating, celebrating, and cleanup.

Our summer crops linger well in to September, including tomatoes, carrots and beets. They'll be plenty of harvesting and deliveries to the Marblehead Food Pantry. We'll also prepare to put our best veggies forward at the Topsfield Fair, including entries in to the decorative basket exhibit - last year we WON 2nd PLACE! We'll also paint pumpkins for Marblehead's annual Pumpkin Lighting Festival around Halloween.