At the beginning of the day, it had begun to pour and I was a little nervous about gardening in the cold rain. The weather only got worse, as it began to snow as rapidly as it was raining, and then rain again. It did not look like ideal gardening weather.
Fortunately, we were able to work in the greenhouse, located in the middle of the city, and an oasis from the cold outside. Everything was COVID safe, with stations set up for us to work at. There was a wide variety of seeds and seedlings including tomatoes, squash, peppers, zucchini and pumpkins. We seeded pots and labeled them with their corresponding plant name, and though admittingly tedious, it was also very relaxing and fun.
Through a challenging game of ‘greenhouse tetris’ (finding space for all the trays), we learned about the inner workings of a greenhouse from spacing, timing and heating. The staff were so patient and went out of their way, explaining everything even if we didn’t get it all the first couple times. Knowing that all of the plants we were seeding were going to be used in many different ways to impact the community was mind blowing.
It was amazing to know how much of a difference we were making. Though we were all socially distanced, we felt connected and learned so much about one another. As someone who was new to gardening, I was a little apprehensive, but everything was so straightforward and easy to learn, that I felt like a pro by the end of the day. To be a part of the first youth group back at the farm since COVID was an honor. It was something I really enjoyed and am so glad to have found through Project Giving Kids.
Shreya M., Class of 2023, PGK Youth Advisory Council Member
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) serves as the youth voice of PGK. YAC members work together to conduct service opportunities, support PGK’s programs such as the Give Back Hour and Create the Change, and are ambassadors for the mission of PGK in their communities. A full overview of YAC, including how to join, can be found through this link.