Hurlburt Field Library Outdoor Classroom
Hurlburt Field is home to the Air Force Special Operations Command and America’s Air Commandos. The military life is stressful on both the active duty member and their families with frequent moves and repeat deployments. The Hurlburt Field Library began our garden project in 2009 to provide a safe place for the people of Hurlburt Field to explore and learn about nature and how to be good stewards of the environment. We became a Certified Nature Explore Classroom, a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat and a Monarch Waystation in 2010. We hold many programs in our garden areas, from plant swaps and brown bag lunch talks with Master Gardeners for the adults to planting potatoes in buckets and garden tea parties for youngest ones. We even hosted a wedding in our tree circle. We have seven raised beds for vegetables and herbs, a butterfly garden, fruit trees and blueberries, sugar cane, peanuts and cotton. All of our plants are organically grown and we share the harvest with our library members. One happy memory is a young child who was offered a taste of our broccoli right off the plant. Her mom said, “No, she doesn’t like broccoli” as she took her first bite. The child not only liked it but went back in for more as the mom stood there with her mouth open in shock. We will continue to have gardening and nature programs as a fun way to get outside and be active, involving kids and their parents in the planting and harvesting all along the way.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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