Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are:
Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are:
I think my biggest challenge will be:
My favorite vegetable is:
My least favorite garden task is:
My most favorite garden task is:
I think a leader is:
My worst leadership skill or trait is:
My best leadership skill or trait is:
Rows of vegetables planted: 16 rows
Number of different kinds of vegetables planted: about 11
My garden did or did/not match my plan and why: Instead of sweet peppers I planted hot peppers because we ran out of the sweet ones.
My favorite vegetable to plant was: Cabbage!
May 15-20: Meeting inside and going over things. We took tarps off of the garden spaces and folded them up. We also visited the Food Assistance program. We helped clean up and the plant sale at the Polk County Fairgrounds.
May 22-27:Planting our gardens!
May 29-June 3: We continued planting and should be finished up on Saturday! I have one row left to do!!!
June 5-10:I finished my garden and did some weeding. We started mulching which wasn't as bad this year because we found a magazine that had a perfume sample in it and it smelled really good.
June 12-17:Mulching mulching mulching.
June 19-24: Weeding, watering, and mulching.
June/July 26-1: Weeding, watering and team mulching. ALMOST DONE MULCHING AND IM HAPPY
July 4-8: We watered and did some weeding. Saturday we harvested and I started weeding dill. Weeding dill isn't not very fun and I'm kind of sad I have to do it, but I WILL get it done!
July 11-15: We watered, weeded, and harvested. We also started making paths with bark chips between the rows .
July 18-22: Watering, weeding and harvesting. The 20th is our open house so we will be giving garden tours and watering that day.
July 25-29: Weeding, watering and harvesting.I finished weeding my dill and onions!!
August 1-5: Vacationing for a few days then will return on Saturday to weed, water, and harvest!
August 8-11: Weeding, harvesting, and watering. We are going to pick for fair and also we are going to the Polk County fair to sell either blueberries or peaches in order to collect donations!
August 15-19: Weeding, harvesting and watering. We are also picking for state on Saturday.
August 21-26: Lots of picking and watering. And of course weeding. We picked most of the cabbages.
August 28- Sept 2:Picking weeding and watering like normal.
Sept 5-9: Weeding, watering, and harvesting. Saturday is our last day, but we can work extra days.
Leadership Project #1: T-Shirts! (Communication)
Problem: People don't know who we are and we need a way to identify us!
Solution: Make super fun t-shirts to show people who we are.
Test/Activity: Talking to other interns about the colors, what saying to place on the shirts, getting everyone's sizes, and also collecting money for them. Then once all of the information is obtained we go to Graphic Latitude and talking to the workers about what we want.
Results: We got a neat design. "I Wet My Plants" and "Dallas Youth Garden 2017" on it and they are ordered!! Super excited to get them!
Communication: Interns, supervisors and the Graphic Latitude workers.
Leadership Skills: Planning, Self- Awareness, Self Direction, Ability to work in a group, and Trust.
What's Going Well: We are all ready to go to GL and get started. However, at the moment I've been taking over and doing everything, so I need to communicate better so we are all working together.
Leadership Project #2: An Important bug NOT to kill!! (Garden Improvement)
Problem: I found this weird bug in my garden. I thought it looked like a bad bug to have, so I killed them. However, I wasn't sure what it was so I decided I should figure it out.
Solution: Discover what this specific bug is and how it effects our plants.
Test/Activity: Do some internet research.
Results: This is a LADY BUG LARVAE!!! Lady bugs are very beneficial in the garden because they eat soft-bodied insects such as aphids. They also don't eat very much in their life time, so they don't badly affect our plants. Do NOT kill these weird little bugs because they can greatly help our garden. They can attract local ladybugs and other beneficial insects to the garden space.
Communication: I need to communicate to the other interns and our supervisors about these little bugs and make sure they do not kill them.
Leadership Skills: Self awareness and self direction.
Leadership project #3: Hunger in Oregon (Education)
Problem: Food insecurity rates in Oregon have grown since last year and we need to know more about that.
Solution/Test: Research. After research is done talk to other interns and supervisors to inform them.
Results: One in five people in Oregon are food insecure. An estimated 270,000 people receive food from a food pantry Network system, and this is within only a month. In Oregon 16.1% of families are food insecure, in 2014 it was only 15%. There is about 644,000 People who are food insecure in Oregon and about 223,480 of that number are children. Approximately 72% of food insecure people have incomes below the federal poverty levels. This shows how important the garden really is.
Communication: I need to communicate to supervisors and interns
Leadership Skills:Self awareness and self direction
Leadership project #4: Food
Problem: We need to know how to use our produce to make something super good to eat
Solution/test: Bring home some produce, find a recipe and bring it in to share
Results: I created zucchini cupcakes and they were very good. I also didn't drop them in the dirt this time!
2 medium zucchini or 1 large one
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnimon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup orange juice (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shred zucchini, you need about 1 1/2 cups. Set aside. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Set this bowl aside. In a mixing bowl beat eggs on #4. Stir in oil, sugar, orange juice, almond extract and zucchini. Add your dry ingredients. After everything is mixed well pour into an ungreased pan or into paper cupcake holders. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until done.
This icing is basically your choice. if you want a lot of it then i suggest maybe two cups of the powdered sugar. if you want less then only one cup. Add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the consistence you want. Add lemon juice until you get the flavor you desire. Drizzle icing on top of cake and enjoy
Communication: Others about what I created it and how
Leadership skills: Self direction and self awareness.