With planting season upon us in North Carolina, the Sol Food Mobile Farm has been making trips around Durham, NC to different schools to get some sprouts in the ground and start local gardens! Over the past two weeks Sol Food Mobile Farm has worked with kids in the West End neighborhood of Durham, students from E.K. Powe Elementary School and students from Durham School of the Arts. The crew has also been building three different raised bed gardens for private residents in areas around downtown Durham. It has been a busy but fulfilling beginning to this beautiful spring weather for us!
Our work in the West End neighborhood was especially fun as we got to work with a group of Cooking Matters for Kids graduates. Ranging in age from ten to thirteen, these students brought a ton of energy and excitement to the West End garden at 705 Kent Street (sponsored by our friends at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle). During their workshop students tasted herbs from the garden, toured the Sol Food bus and made their own homemade ranch dressing. With a fresh harvest available, this delicious sauce was whipped up by the kids using yogurt, seasoning and garden herbs and enjoyed by all!
The workshop held at E.K. Powe Elementary School was also a great success! We worked with the after-school program of students from kindergarten through fifth grade, and spent two wonderful hours digging around in their garden. Seeds and sprouts were moved from the Sol Food bus greenhouse into their school garden and planted with great care by the students. The children also got the chance to plant new seedlings on the mobile greenhouse, learn about the waste vegetable oil system, and sit in the driver’s seat!
Currently the bus crew is working on starting an urban farm at Durham School of the Arts for middle and high school students. At a student interest meeting last week, 42 DSA students arrived to learn more about the garden and the permaculture techniques planned for the small school farm. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming month for raised garden beds going in around the campus.