Children's Garden Fence
As any of the gardeners who tend to plots in the Center’s Community Organic Garden (COG) will attest, the Garden has experienced an ever increasing level of foraging by white-tailed deer in recent years. After a particularly damaging summer in 2011, it was determined that a taller wildlife fence needed to be installed around the Children's Garden. The Children's Garden in the COG is home to the Center’s weekly gardening programs for children ages 4-10 during the months of May-August. The programs encourage young children and their family members to learn about beneficial and harmful garden insects, how to compost, and how to grow their own fruits and vegetables using organic management techniques. Most of all, we aim to get kids outdoors and have fun gardening!
In order to ensure the success of the children’s gardening programs, and allow for child participants to continue to successfully grow and harvest food crops, local Boy Scout, David Totten, volunteered to install a new deer fence around the Children's Garden. David wanted to contribute to the ongoing community activities sponsored by the Environmental Interpretive Center in the Garden for his Eagle Service Project (Troop #1151), so by working closely with the COG Coordinator, Rick Simek, David was able to research and design a new fence. David also raised the necessary funds for the fence through returns of recyclable bottles that he collected. More than 20 recruits assisted David in installing a new 7-foot tall fence around the Children’s Garden. With David’s help, now our young gardeners can look forward to bigger harvests without worrying about the deer.
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