This week at the Community Garden, we made bird feeders to encourage birds to visit our garden and help them find food for the upcoming colder months. The kids enjoyed rolling pinecones in Sun Butter (a new food for many of us!) and then in birdseed. They were so enthusiastic that we quickly ran out of pinecones, but they got creative and made even more feeders using twine. We hung the feeders in a tree in the garden, and we can’t wait for this tree to become a gathering place for many types of birds! We also watered our veggies in the garden, which are just starting to sprout, and we made an awesome watercolor mural that we hung up in the City Faces Studio. I am always impressed by the kids’ high energy and willingness to try out new foods and activities. They’re just as excited as we are to see this garden come to life!
Abby Rubin, Community Garden Volunteer
Over the past few weeks, we’ve found that the best way to draw the kids of Clinton Peabody to the community garden is to start off with a fun activity that they can see us doing from outside of the garden, so they venture into the garden to check out what we’re doing. Our simple pine cone bird feeder craft certainly did the trick last week. Kids came running into the garden, eager to get messy with the sun butter and birdseed. The older kids were brave enough to climb on the benches and reach into the trees to hang their creations, while the younger children directed the volunteers to the perfect branches. When we ran out of pinecones, most of the kids stayed in the garden and painted a beautiful watercolor mural. We had a great time just being outdoors in the beautiful weather, and the kids even learned a little bit about bird habitats!
Ashley Holder, Community Garden Volunteer