The 4-bed Victory Garden, which is part of its education program, is supervised by staffer, Carol Cuccio. She has gardened her whole life has a real passion for teaching others to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
To learn more, or to get involved with this fulfilling project, contact us at (409) 832-1906 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Over the weekend we had our first tiny taste of fall and welcomed a bit of a cool front. It is getting us excited for the cooler temperatures ahead and we look forward to planting our fall garden. Last Wednesday, in preparation for the new garden, we had a work day to remove some of the plants that have stopped producing and made plans to improve our soil with compost. We started bright and early and were able to get a lot done before it got too hot.
We removed the beans, tomatoes, cantaloupe, squash and sunflowers-turned-trees. We are now drying the sunflowers and will roast the seeds in a few weeks. We are all looking forward to that! Yummy!
After we finished our work for the day, we made a list of veggies to grow in the fall. We are working on making our garden layout and will post our plans in a few days. On the list are pumpkins, potatoes and leeks to name a few. We look forward to having some delicious leek and potato soup in the cooler months!
Thank you to all our volunteers who have helped with the garden so far. It was been so rewarding and fun! We are always looking for more volunteers, so send an email or give us a call to see how you can help.
Stay tuned to see what else we’ll be planting!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The idea for Grow-Your-Own-Pizza toppings came from Danny Chand, the Nutrition Education Specialist for the Southeast Texas Food Bank. Part of his job is to teach good eating habits to a variety of age groups. He noticed that children often don’t have the link between how harvested food becomes grocery food. Capitalizing on his wife Carol Cuccio’s Victory Garden at the McFaddin-Ward House, Chand partnered with the Salvation Army’s Boys Clubs and Girls Club to show the children how to grow/pick/eat garden food.
For three sessions, Thursday July 2, 9 and 30, at 10am, 60-70 youngsters will visit the McFaddin-Ward House’s first floor. They also explore the four-bed garden and its vegetables and herbs, with a final stop at the visitor center where they will be treated to home-made pizza while learning about the nutritional content of the pizzas .
Carol Cuccio noticed on the club’s first outing, several of the children had never seen garden-grown tomatoes and were at first reticent about eating the squash. Commenting on how well behaved the children are, Cuccio also spoke about the children’s willingness to taste-test the colorful pizza toppings. “The children saw firsthand how food can go from the garden to the table and they liked this adventure in eating.”
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We can harvest many of the herbs and several of the vegetables (crowder peas, tomatoes, and cucumbers to name just a few). Michelle Cate took photos of the garden for you to see on our Facebook page. The Sunflowers look magnificient.
Come by to see the garden--as we work hard to keep it cool in this 100+degree heat.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
- Started off with reading Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.
- Then off to check out how well the garden has grown since the Green Thumbers planted last April. We are getting more and more vegetation each day.
- Another trip to the compost pile where the children told us new things!
- The big highlight was the Nature Scavenger Hunt in the museum's block-big garden where the children found things they could touch, smell, hear, see, but not eat.
- The kids learned about the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The kids had ever-so many ideas on what they could do with a "mess" of stuff. Before long, the Green Thumbers made or thought of musical instruments out of the recycled items.
- Did you know: Plants need nutrients to be healthy, just like people do? There are three nutrients that all plants need in order to live:
Nitrogen is needed for leaf growth and to have a good green color.
Phosphorus is needed to form roots and to make seeds, fruit and flowers. It also helps plants fight disease.
Potassium is needed to make strong stems and to also help fight disease.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Do you enjoy sharing your talents with others?
Do you like to meet new people
who have similar interests?
Do you want to be a part of something that is unique in Beaumont?
We’d love for you to join us!
Contact us at (409) 832-1906 for more details.
Be part of the McFaddin-Ward House Victory Garden!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Then the children were cleverly split into 3 groups: Corn, Tomatoes, and Cabbages. Then the children rotated through several fun activities.
Read books about seeds.
Planted seeds to show the children how to plant: lima beans, sunflowers, African daisies, peas, Swiss chard, cucumbers.
Showed the children what tomato plants would look like.
Showed the museum’s compost pile and talked about composting.
Children went on an Easter Egg hunt to find short messages about how to conserve and go green.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tom Wright from Channel 6 News (KFDM/CBS) broadcast his first in a series of live interviews in our Victory Garden, March 24th. He was able to photograph volunteers planting in two of our gardens.
Tom will return Thursday, April 15th to follow the progress of our gardens. Plan to come help us over the next few weeks to get our gardens growing.
Call or email for more details. 409-832-1906/McFaddin-Ward House/Carol Cuccio
Saturday, March 21, 2009
1. Peace of mind
1. Thyme for each other
Monday, March 9, 2009
We welcome people to come onto the yard (check at the visitor center first) to snap photos for personal use (no professionals and only walking on the grass and sidewalks).
Carol Cuccio, our education assistant, has been busy organizing, planning, staffing, and conjoling to get our four garden beds up and running.
Check in to watch our progress.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Good things to add:
* Fruit and veggie scraps from your kitchen
* Coffee grounds (the filter is fine too!)
* Tea bags
* Grass clippings
* Ash from your barbeque pits and fireplaces
Things that can’t be added:
x Meats, fish or bones
x Dairy products
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
- To bring the community and nature together with an interactive organic gardening program involving citizens and organizations of Beaumont and the surrounding area.
- Inspire others to start their own gardens, especially local schools, children’s organizations and clubs.
- To work with local school districts and after school programs, providing education and hands-on experience in gardening, the environment, and a healthy lifestyle.
- To fit hand-in-hand with a general city beautification message.
We will have four garden plots: 2 vegetable gardens, 1 herb garden and 1 children’s garden