Junior Botanists Have a Hefty Harvest

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    • Fruits and vegetables were sorted into separate buckets. Photo by Blanca Begert. Fruits and vegetables were sorted into separate buckets. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator participants shared the summer's harvest at a reunion with their families in the Children's Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator participants shared the summer's harvest at a reunion with their families in the Children's Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Participants showed their families the plants they had been growing since July. Photo by Blanca Begert.Participants showed their families the plants they had been growing since July. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Fifty-five pounds of produce, including peppers, radishes, tomatoes, string beans, broccoli, carrots, butternut squash, turnips, okra, greens, and herbs were sorted and laid out for shopping at the Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator reunion. Photo by Blanca Begert.Fifty-five pounds of produce, including peppers, radishes, tomatoes, string beans, broccoli, carrots, butternut squash, turnips, okra, greens, and herbs were sorted and laid out for shopping at the Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator reunion. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Plants aren't the only species living in the Children's Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.Plants aren't the only species living in the Children's Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Swallowtail caterpillars were spotted on carrot plants. Photo by Blanca Begert. Swallowtail caterpillars were spotted on carrot plants. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Participants popped popcorn using kernels from corn they had grown theselves. Photo by Blanca Begert.Participants popped popcorn using kernels from corn they had grown theselves. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Participants relax in the Children's Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert. Participants relax in the Children's Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.

    Students from all over Brooklyn harvested 55 pounds of kale, peppers, okra, and other vegetables in the Children's Garden and made some delicious snacks with their bounty. Fifteen families attended the Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator reunion on September 21, the largest such reunion to date.

    Participants were nominated by their teachers during the school year through BBG's Project Green Reach. From July through mid-August, the kids came to the garden three days a week. They tended beds and learned about botany, horticulture, nutrition, and cooking. Toward the end of the celebration, participants also planted radishes, tatsoi, and lettuce in the garden beds, which will be ready to harvest in just a few weeks when the group returns for another visit.


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    October 9, 2013
    Patricia Hester-Fearon

    I would love for my science students to be able to visit your garden.


    October 10, 2013
    BBG Staff

    BBG offers a number of programs for youth and opportunities for students to visit the Garden. Please visit bbg.org/learn/schools to learn more.



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