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Inspiration is sprouting in North Lauderdale!

Jun 30, 2014

The grand opening of the new, expanded site for the City of North Lauderdale's Community Garden is still a few months away, but that hasn't stopped local kids from getting their hands dirty! This summer, students enrolled in the City's popular day camp are germinating seeds that will be planted in the fall when the South Florida growing season gets underway. The elementary school-aged students are cultivating seedlings including beans, tomatoes and peppers in egg cartons that were donated by City staff for this purpose. When the plants outgrow these small containers, volunteers from the community will assist students with transplanting them into larger pots. The exercise has helped students understand the origins of food and reinforced science concepts that sometimes go dormant during the out-of-school months, say camp counselors. They added that campers are excited about the activity and many have expressed an interest in working in the Garden once it opens in the fall. This sort of "trickle up" effect was one of the objectives of the planting activity, said North Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department Director Michael Sargis. "Kids get enthusiastic about something and the next thing you know the whole family is involved. By getting these students interested in gardening during summer camp, we're spreading the word about the Community Garden to their parents and hopefully encouraging a lifelong healthy habit," he said. North Lauderdale's 14,000 square-foot garden started in 2011 as a much smaller project and quickly gained momentum. When the new site opens in several months it will feature 34 individual plots, covered seating, a children's area and handicapped-accessible garden boxes. City staff has been busy preparing for the grant re-opening. They recently finalized plans, updated the City Commission, and are in the process of spreading soil and installing a security fence. For additional information, please call 954-724-7069.

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