Well, another school year is coming to a close. It's hard to believe that this is the close of my third year as garden coordinator at Madera. Every year, every season, and every day presents me with something new and exciting in our beloved garden.
Thanks to Rebecca (Madera mom and awesome photographer) for this great shot of some of the eggs we sold at our last market. I thought I would use this image for my blog entry because I want to focus on the "good eggs" who made this year such a success.
Let's begin with the kids. From our kindergarteners whose unfettered enthusiasm for everything make each day an adventure to our 6th graders who sidle in at lunch time to hunt for lemonbalm and hidden strawberries- they are our raison d'être in the garden. They water, they pull weeds, they ponder over insect life cycles, and they revel in mud, sunshine, and bird song. Thank you.
Then there are the teachers and other staff members who hold everything together. They have all been powerful supporters of what we are doing in the garden, and they endlessly amaze me with their grace under fire. Thank you.
Families- a shout out to you. In between chauffeur duties, soccer practice, piano lessons, homework, jobs, and dinner you have found time to help the garden. For those family members who made it out week after week to help with classes in the garden, you made my job so much easier. I have much gratitude for the lovely ladies who helped with our two incredible farmers markets- these markets would literally not have happened without you. And I'd like to recognize all the other family members who donated supplies, fixed broken garden things, spoke up in PTA meetings, or just shared with me stories about how they shared a salad from the garden with their child. This is the manna that keeps me going. Thank you.
All of us together have created something really unique and incredible. Everyone who visits our garden senses that we have something very special happening here. People connect over how to cook the kale they just bought. Children find secret spots to hide under bushes and watch the sky change. Teachers get to breathe. Students tell stories to younger siblings about what they will get to do in the garden in 3rd grade. We have pet rocks, worm friends, and special sit spots. As one of students farmers said this year, "The Madera Garden- we are growing every day."
Thanks for another great year,
P.S. And a final thank you to the rather secretive "good eggs" the garden gnomes. These guys visit the garden while everyone else is gone and fix things like broken umbrellas. I don't know your names, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping the magic alive and the sun off our heads!