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RE: children's community garden

Ms Riddick:

First have the raised bed tested for lead and other heavy metals ( a sample
to the NJ State agriculture dept would work, I'm not sure if there's anyone
at Montclair State who does that). Be sure that parents have signed an
activity release form, or in lieu of that, plan to be near the kids. When
small kids are using real metal trowels, there needs to be more than one
pair of adult eyes watching them. Maybe you gardener volunteer instructor
should maybe talk to a good kindergarden teacher on how to work with the
kids in a largish group ( no more than 6-8 at a time.) Anything larger will
be a problem.

There are some great Rodale Publishing gardening materials for children, and
again, that kindergarden teacher would be a great source person.

Good luck,


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Homecorp@aol.com [SMTP:Homecorp@aol.com]
> Sent:	Thursday, January 06, 2000 11:14 AM
> To:	community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	[cg] children's community garden
> Hello,
> I run a small affordable housing non-profit based in Montclair, NJ.  We
> would 
> like to offer basic gardening instruction to 4-6 year olds this spring.
> We 
> already have a 15 x 30' raised bed to serve as the garden.  We need a 
> volunteer instructor who is knowledgeable about gardening, organized, 
> energetic and who above all loves to be around kids.  We also could use
> some 
> creative ideas about what kinds of plants to grow and other fun things the
> kids can do to enhance their gardening education.  Please e-mail me at 
> homecorp@aol.com.
> Thank you,
> Beverly M. Riddick  
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