Monday, April 30, 2012

A Busy, Busy, Busy Couple of Weeks....


Thank you to all who have come out to SAGE these past couple of weeks, you've really helped up accomplish a lot!  To highlight the changes that have occurred, below is a brief photo essay of our recent installation of the new Children's Garden.  We have numerous youth groups visit SAGE whether for home school activities, school field trips (we invite all the Corvallis School District 1st - 3rd grade classes), summer camps or family mornings in the garden.  Our hope is that our new Children's Garden will be a wonderful, whimsical space that inspires exploration and creativity in our young visitors.  Feel free to stop on by and take a wander! 

The original state of the Children's Garden: Leaf piles, mucky mud puddles, VERY poor drainage and grass.

Wonderful HP volunteers who helped lay the ground work for the Children's Garden!

After some OSU soils students did some service-learning spreading the leaf piles, HP employees volunteered and helped get the main pathways in as well as shape Strawberry Mountain (the rise where the person is standing)

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) from OSU partnered with us and helped win us a grant from Lowe's to install the Children's Garden.  Not only did they help us secure the grant, they also put in HOURS of work building the entrance tunnel, digging the pond, moving a lot of leaves, compost and mulch among a host of other things!  Thank you SIFE!!! 
SIFE students prep veggies from the garden to put on their cob-oven cooked pizzas.  There were a lot of hungry mouths to feed especially after moving yards and yards of compost that was graciously donated by Allied Waste/PRC and hauled by Rick Robinson Trucking.

View of the Children's Garden from the same vantage as the very first picture.  Now we have a pizza garden (foreground), a story circle, Strawberry Mountain (yes, it is covered with strawberries), a circle of blueberries (thanks Shonnard's for the discount!), a willow hut and a lot of growing and exploration space!

Thanks again everyone!!!!
Cheers,
Deanna
SAGE Garden Manager