Our Community Garden is Thriving

Welcome to our thriving community garden, a beautiful space where students, families, and community members come together to grow fresh produce and learn about the joys of gardening. Our garden is a collaborative effort between Be Well in Nunda, Genesee Valley Health Partnership, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Keshequa Central Community Schools. With the help of our dedicated students and supportive organizations, we've created a green oasis right here in our neighborhood.

Our students have been actively involved in the garden's development from the beginning. As part of their time in Kesh Klubs, they have not only nurtured plants but also helped build raised garden beds. Their enthusiasm and hard work have been instrumental in bringing the garden to life. We are grateful for their dedication and their green thumbs!

We are proud to have two garden beds—one located at the Nunda building and the other at the Dalton building. These beds are bursting with a variety of delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The gardens serve as an educational platform, offering hands-on learning experiences for students during the school year.

However, our community garden is not limited to the academic calendar. We invite community members to join in the fun by signing up to care for the gardens when students are not in session. It's an excellent opportunity for families and individuals to connect with nature, learn about gardening, and contribute to a sustainable and vibrant community space.  Community Garden Volunteer Care

If you have a child who is passionate about gardening, we have something special for them too! Sign them up for the Young Gardeners club this summer. They will have a fantastic time exploring the wonders of gardening alongside their peers, learning valuable skills, and cultivating a love for fresh, homegrown produce. Kesh Young Gardeners Klub

But that's not all! We have an exciting opportunity for adults in our community as well. Colleen Therrien, from SNAPed at Cornell Cooperative Extension, will be conducting canning classes this summer. These classes are designed to teach you how to preserve the fresh produce grown in our garden. By learning how to can, you can enjoy the bounty of the season throughout the year. It's a fantastic chance to develop new skills and create delicious, homemade treats.

Colleen will also be providing educational sessions for students to learn about the fruits of their labor and the nutritional benefits of the produce they have grown. It's a wonderful way for young gardeners to understand the importance of healthy eating and appreciate the connection between growing their food and nourishing their bodies.

Our community garden is a testament to the power of collaboration and the joy of working together to create something beautiful. Whether you're a student, parent, or community member, we encourage you to get involved in this exciting initiative. Join us at the garden, roll up your sleeves, and experience the rewards of cultivating nature's bounty.

To learn more about the community garden or to sign up for the Young Gardeners club or canning classes, please follow the links attached to this article or contact Cassandra Jordan at cjordan@keshequa.org.   We look forward to welcoming you into our green haven!

Remember, no gardening experience is necessary—just bring your enthusiasm and a love for fresh produce!