Third Grade Gardeners

On June 2, despite fog and imminent rain, the Door County Master Gardeners (DCMG) hosted 56 third graders from area schools for their annual youth program. The students were divided into four groups and rotated through stations: compost and worm races, potatoes 101 and two planting sessions in The Garden Door. Six 20 x 20 plots were planted with root vegetables, sunflowers, potatoes, a pioneer garden, squash and the Three Sisters (Native American corn, beans and squash).

The DCMG volunteers were impressed by this group of children. Kathie Vavra, DCMGA president, said, “Eight Master Gardeners mentioned that they had never heard more ‘thank-yous!’ As a former educator I think that the parents and teachers at Sevastopol, St. Peters and St. John Bosco are directly responsible for this behavior. Keep up the good work!”

The children, and the rest of the Door County community, are invited to the Master Gardener’s open house on July 12 and the Taste of the Garden Door on Sept. 6. The gardens are open from dawn until dusk daily. The students can stop by and watch their garden grow.

In October, the same students (as fourth graders) will return and harvest their crops. For more information visit The Garden Next Door is located north of The Garden Door at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station. Grants were received from the Wisconsin Master Gardeners and the Door County Community Foundation.