Two weeks ago, some members of my staff and I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Ithaca Children’s Garden for the afternoon. My friend Kara has been managing to garden for a little while now and I have walked around, but I had no idea about all of the amazing things they do there. There were some really fun volunteer activities such as hanging trellises, moving a chicken coop, pulling weeds, moving dirt, etc. The garden includes both an edible garden and a flower/plant garden. What I didn’t know is that the edible garden is open to anyone, anytime! You could literally be near Cass Park and need a little snack and go much on some salad greens! They also offer a wide variety of educational programs for kids. I love their slogan “Connecting Kids To Nature” because that is exactly what they do. There are programs for after-school, during school breaks and summer. Each program is a little different ranging from salad farming to outside play to exercise in the garden.
To anyone who hasn’t visited, it is a lovely place to take a walk. If you have kids, perhaps a summer program sounds interesting to you. Finally, if you have some extra time and a crew of hands, some volunteer work is always appreciated. Check out their website here to learn more.