WEEK ONE - July 9-12
Garden explorations in theater and storytelling
During the week, the campers took ownership over the eight Grow2Give beds of Vedgewater community garden. Produce from these will be donated to Care For Real food pantry. Campers learned how to weed, water, dead-head plants, and were introduced to square foot planting, companion planting, and succession planting methods. Campers harvested radishes and lettuce, then planted carrots, marigolds, and eggplant. They also met senior mentor Rosalind Morris and learned about her composting methods and her edible Borage flowers. Everyone enjoyed freshly harvested lettuce salad topped with strawberries and peaches. The campers experimented with many theater games, used paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Bob Thompson to inspire their own dramatizations, and danced on the Vedgewater stage.
Kid quote of the week: (while looking at Vincent Van Gogh's painting The Sower)
"There is this expression that goes you reap what you sow---- what does that mean?"
WEEK THREE - July 23 to July 25
Garden explorations in African Dance
Campers learned about the “Three Sisters Garden,” a Native American planting method that cooperatively grows corn, beans, and squash in mounds. Rosalind taught the campers how to fold origami harvest boxes and seed saving envelops.Campers conducted interviews of our senior mentors Rosalind and Lenny about their gardening experiences and then turned a camera lens on garden insects to capture them close-up and personal as well. During a nutrition lesson the campers munched down half a peck of delicious raw green beans with ranch dressing! They also began preparations for their BIG midsummer festival “Crops & Creations.” Campers invited twenty children from the South East Asia Center to be their guests and crafted invitations for the event. They rehearsed the folktale they'll perform and had an African Dance lesson from Prince Malonga, a master drummer/dancer from Congo Brazza-Ville.
Kid quote of the week: (while building a bird deflecting device)
“Wow! At this camp I’m learning gardening, theater, and now . . . carpentry!”
WEEK FOUR - July 30 to Aug 2
Garden explorations in growing community
Presenting "Crops & Creations Festival"
The Green Scene campers prepared for their “Crops & Creations” festival by rehearsing, crafting costumes, making sun tea to serve to their audience, and prepping to teach their visitors about composting, pollination, and companion planting practices. The festival was a success and the guest turn-out was an estimated 60 members of the Edgewater community including other campers from the South East Asia Center, members of Letsgochicago, Prince Malonga and the Congo drummers, friends, family and the community gardeners from Vedgewater. Visitors learned about Green Scene’s garden practices, sipped tea, harvested beans together, and folded Origami harvest boxes with Rosalind. When the campers performed their folk tale “Anansi and the Magic Stick” it was met with smiles and laughter. The African Dance lesson that followed brought everyone together in a ground-thumping dance jam. It was a splendid way to reach out to our community and celebrate all that grew out of the hot summer.