BY AMANDA MOSES
The Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS) have budding green thumbs, and they’ve got the badges to prove it! These young girls have worked with Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman to master the ability of planting, taking care of nature, and making scientific observations. During the winter, the scouts learned about various indoor gardening methods, such as aquaponics and hydroponics. Roytman taught them how to plant seeds into a hydroponic vertical gardening unit, and then in the spring the blossoming seedlings were transplanted into the Spring Creek Recreational Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Garden Classroom (UGC).
Once the weather became warmer, the scouts helped weed, amend the soil, and plant vegetation in the UGC. They were taught the importance of the four corner pollinator sections in the garden, which help attract butterflies and bees. These pollinators spread pollen around the garden and other areas in the community, allowing natural flora to grow and other plants, like the tomato vines, to fruit.
Helping to beautify a community and volunteering time at the local garden are some requirements for earning a gardener badge. The scouts made sure to explore the UGC, plant herbs and vegetables, and experimented in the winter with various ways to germinate seeds. Their months of hard work paid off, and in June they earned two patches: A Community Garden patch and Garden Fun patch. The SCGS even presented Roytman with a poster covered in pictures from their activities together and the two scout patches.
Together, Roytman and the scouts, will continue to work to spread awareness about the importance of recycling and choosing eco-friendly methods for our environment, and spreading lots of pollinator seeds.
Photos by SCGS