Red Hawk held it's first farmer's market and it was a great success! Families enjoyed sampling the fresh salsa and purchased locally grown produce. Red Hawk's community garden contributed cucumbers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, eggplant, squash, and sunflowers to the market. Slow Food's Andrew Nowack was present to show students and their families how to take a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to create delicious salsas while Red Hawk's very own Garden Gnomes helped with produce purchases and answered questions for our community members. Overall, we had a great turn out, raising funds to support our community garden and to help another school get their own garden started. Thanks to our families and community members for coming out and making our market a huge success!
Summer is here and the heat is on. As the garden plants grow, the promise of a future harvest is held in the blooms that attract bees and butterflies. Not only have the plants taken off but so have the weeds. We start each morning with weeding, followed by planting, and then watering. I love to watch the kids' enthusiasm for weeding. Their friendly banter and laughter fills the garden as they master the art of getting the whole weed, right down to the roots. They approach this chore with happy hearts and never complain. I like weeding. It's satisfying to see the progress and it gives me time to reflect and think about my gardening life. It's peaceful in the garden. Being outside each morning offers the opportunity to view the passing coyotes and White-tailed deer, and to listen to the many birds that visit, sometimes looking for a tasty treat like our strawberries. The value of weeding not only pays off for the garden but gives the gardener the time and a place to quietly enjoy its beauty and the joys of hard work.
Today we were reminded of how beautiful a garden can be, even in it's beginning stages. The promise of a future harvest is held in tender young plants. Garden beauty not only comes from the plants that grow there, but in the birdsong and butterflies that visit our potted flowers. What satisfaction can be found as we dig, weed, water, and harvest. The garden is where we find peace and inspiration. Most of all, it's where we learn life lessons and feed our souls.