Our goal at the McFaddin-Ward House is to teach how easy gardening can be. We hope to inspire others to start their own gardens, and to instill a love of nature and conservation in the hearts of the children that participate in the program. We adopted a "lasagna" gardening method and maintain the project free of pesticides and chemicals.

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 ccuccio@mcfaddin-ward.org.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

First Green Thumbs a Hit!

Thursday, April 2, 2009 4:00p-5:00p behind the Carriage House.

We held our first Green Thumbs program and it was an all around success! Thanks for coming and being part of it. 25 children signed up and ranged from pre-schoolers with older siblings to middle school age. Luckily 10 wonderful volunteers were on hand to make the program a success for the McFaddin-Ward House Education Department.

MWH Educator, Carol Cuccio, planned the session which kicked off with snacks and Eric Carle's book: The Tiny Seed.

Then the children were cleverly split into 3 groups: Corn, Tomatoes, and Cabbages. Then the children rotated through several fun activities.

Here's what we did:
Made a seed starter kit from egg cartons to grow carrots.
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.

Even the hand washing in the bucket with a "floaty soap" bar was a big hit! And hands did get dirty from the planting!

Stay posted for information on our next Green Thumbs program in May. Be sure to join us next time!

For more information or to reserve a spot please call 409-832-1906 or email: ccuccio@mcfaddin-ward.org

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