Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are: Making friends and growing a good garden.
Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are: How to maintain my garden and growing good produce.
I think my biggest challenge will be: Getting everything done correctly.
My favorite vegetable is: Carrots
My least favorite garden task is: Weeding.
My most favorite garden task is: Planting, watering, and watching the plants grow.
I think a leader is: Someone who can help the group to succeed without over using their power.
My worst leadership skill or trait is: Communication
My best leadership skill or trait is: Helping others
My favorite plant to plant was: Green beans
My lease favorite plan to plant was: Broccoli
I think my plan worked because: I stuck to it.
May 14-28: Planted my garden!
June 2-4 : Began mulching my garden with newspaper and straw.
June 9-13: Mulching finished. Watering and weeding.
June 16-18: Lots of watering and weeding.
June 21: First Harvest! I had radishes, Zucchini, and Summer Squash.
June 22-28: Watering.Weeding. Harvesting.
June 28: Visited the Food Assistance Program.
July 2-9: Watered and weeding. Lots of harvesting
July 11-18: Watering, Weeding, harvesting. Saturday we played the minion game.
July 21: Watering, weeding, harvesting.
July 22-26: Watering, weeding, harvesting. On the 26th we had our open house.
Aug 2-6:Lots more harvesting. A lot of weeding and watering like normal. I also brought cupcakes and the recipe is posted on here!
Aug 8-12: We picked the vegetables we wanted to show for the fair and got them ready. I am going to state for my cabbage, sunflower, and marigolds. On the 12th we went to the county fair and sold peaches.
Aug 22-26:We picked for the state fair and also a bunch of other things. we watered and weeded a lot also. Current donations $51.66
Aug 30:Today we picked a lot of things and watered.
Leadership Projects: Pest Prevention.
Problem: Squash, Zucchini, and Cucumbers are being effected by a pest.
Solution: We need to find a good way to control it. Most seen pest is a Cucumber Beetle. We can help rid of this pest with natural insecticides and even homemade sprays.
Home made spray Recipes:
1.) Hot Pepper Spray.
1 Chopped Onion
1 Tablespoon of Dried Hot Pepper
6 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tablespoon of Pure Soap
1 Gallon of Water
Allow this mixture to set for 2 days. Drain ingredients
and put remaining liquid in a spray bottle
2.) Lime and Ash Spray
1 Ounce of Wood Ash
1 Ounce of Hydraterd Lime
1 Gallon of water
Move liquid into a spray bottle.
NOTE: More frequent applications = Better effect
Spray over and Under leaves
Test: Test on 3 squash
Squash with Hot Pepper spray
Squash with Ash and Lime spray
Squash with nothing- this will be the control group
Document Results: After a week see which group wasnt as badly effected by the pest
Communication: Speaking with the group.
Leadership:Communication, Self-direction, and planning
Leadership Project #2: Hunger
Problem: We need to know more about hunger in Oregon and how our food helps.
In 2014, researchers said that 15% of families in Oregon suffered from food insecurity. Then, in 2015, Oregon was ranked third in the nation for the largest amount of people suffering from hunger. Oregon ranked hungriest in the nation. Subsequent reports continued to list Oregon near the top. During the following decade, social service workers and advocates worked to reach out to people eligible for food stamps and get them on the program. Oregon now has one of the highest SNAP participation rates in the country. SNAP means Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Dallas Youth Garden helps in many ways end hunger in our state. We donate all of our produce to the WVFAP more known as the Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program. The WVFAP helps feed many people in the area, It is a non-profit organization that assists low income, elderly, and handicapped with weekly access to food. This organization helps feed over 300 families in the Willamette Valley and the DYG helps donate which in return, helps feed many families in Willamette Valley.
Communication: Placing on website and speaking to my group.
Leadership: Communication, Planning, and Self direction.
Zucchini cake recipe:
- 2 medium zucchini -2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder -1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt -2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves -3 eggs
-1/2 cup vegetable oil -1-1/2 cups sugar
-1/2 cup orange juice -1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shred zucchini, enough to make about 1-1/2 cups. Set aside. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside. In a large mixer bowl beat eggs at #4. Stir in oil, sugar, orange juice, almond extract, and zucchini. Mix well, adjusting speed as necessary. Add flour mixture, stirring just to moisten. Pour into greased 13 x9x2 inch pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes. If making cupcakes bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow cake to cool.
-2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened -3 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
-1/4 cup orange juice -2 teaspoons lemon juice
In a small mixer bowl beat all of the ingredients together at #4 until well blended. If consistency of icing is a little thick, then with orange juice.
Leadership Project #3
Letter to the editor:
Thank you for all of the people in the community that helped support the Dallas Youth Garden. Your donations help us get starts, seeds, and many other things for garden. At our garden we grow produce and donate it to the Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program, and they help feed over three hundred families in the Willamette Valley. Our garden works hard to help end hunger, many people come together to grow this garden and so far we have produced over 3000 pounds of food and we still have a lot more to give. A few things I've learned by being an intern here is that its a fantastic way to help people in the community that are in need of food. One in eight people suffer from food insecurity and it makes us feel very thankful that we can do something to help them. The garden also offers great work experience for kids in high school, it give us a sense of purpose and something great to do during the summer. Another thing that I love about the garden is all the wonderful friends I've made and the fantastic people I've met. They all have helped me feel very welcome and learn many new things. Overall, I believe that the Dallas Youth Garden is a fantastic experience for teens because they will learn many skills needed when it comes time to work, do a big part in helping to end hunger in the Willamette Valley, and meet many new people and friends.
DYG Intern- Kimberly Wellman