Daisy moved away part way through the summer and Luke (our alternate) stepped in!
I want to work at the garden because:
Daisy: I want to work at the garden not only because it would look good on a resume and college applications, but because it will further instill important skills such as accountability and responsibility. I would also like to own and run my own farm and produce my own products; participating in the Dallas Youth Garden give me hands on experience working with plants and harvesting produce.
Luke: I want to work at the garden to learn how to grow all differnet types of flowers and vegetables and learn how to take care of a garden.
Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are:
Daisy: Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are one: to integrate myself fully into the group and connect with everyone, and two: to put in my best effort, learn as much as I can and ask questions when I need to.
Luke: Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are perfect attendance getting there on time and learning the steps on taking care of a garden.
Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are:
Daisy: Two things I hope learn this summer are basic gardening skills and techniques, as well as the importance of following through with your commitments regardless of inconveniences.
Luke: Two things I hope to learn this summer while working in the garden is how to weed properly and how to take care of watering vegetables.
I think my biggest challenge will be:
Daisy: I think my biggest challenge will definitely be attendance.
Luke: I think my biggest challenge will be understanding new directions.
My favorite vegetable or fruit is:
Daisy: My favorite vegetable (currently) is Brussels sprouts.
Luke: My favorite fruit is blueberries. My favorite vegetable is zucchini.
I think a leader is:
Daisy: I think a leader is someone who pushes themselves and others to reach their greatest potential. They are both a leader and a teamplayer, they also tend to be problem solvers.
Luke: I think a leader is someone who helps others to reach higher potential.
I hope to contribute this leadership skill to the garden this season:
Daisy: I hope to hold myself to a high standard in order to reach my goals while also encouraging others to do the same for themselves.
Luke: I hope to give my full effort towards the garden
Rows of vegetables planted: 17
Number of different kinds of vegetables planted: 7
Planned Garden Yield: 224
My garden did or did/not match my plan and why:
My garden did not completely match my plan because for one, on one day I didn't bring my plan so I ended up planting my tomatoes higher up and my marigolds lower, I also made a mistake when measuring out the spaces for my basil, meaning one row may end up there and the other somewhere else, or they will both have to be moved.
May 4: started work and removed tarps
May 7-11: measured out the gardening spaces, stomped out walk ways and rows, helped clean up after plant sale
May 14-18: planted rows in the garden, watering, tomato cages
May 21-25: Still planting rows in the garden, watering
May 28-June 1: Planting rows, watering, weeding
June 4-8: Planting rows, watering, weeding, finished planting on June 8
June 11-15: Weeding and then even more weeding
June 18-22: Weeding, Pollinator's Festival
June 25-29: Weeding
July 2-6: Weeding
July 9-13: Absent
July 25: Luke started!
July 27: Watering, Picked Zucchini and Summer Squash, and Weeding
July 30: Picking Kale, Watering, Weeded
August 1: Watering, Weeding
August 3: Watering, Find Vegetables for Fair
August 6: Wedding, Watering
August 8: Weeding, Watering
August 10: Picking, Weeding, Watering
August 13: Pick Tomatoes, Watering, Weeding
August 15: Weeding, Watering
August 17: Picking Greens, Watering, Weeding
August 20: Picking Greens, Weeding
August 22: Watering, Weeding, and turned in Donations
August 24: Absent
August 27:Pick Everything Water, Weeding
August 29: Short Day, Water, Weeding
August 31: Water,Weeding, Picked
September 3: Water, Weeding
September 5: Water, Weeding, Picked
September 7: PARTY!!
September 10: Watering
September 14: Water, Picked
September 17: Short Day: Watering
September 21: No Work
October 1: Clean Up Day:
Daisy's Leadership Project:
Problem: We need to find a way to represent ourselves and make our group known when we go out.
Solution: DYG t-shirts
Test/Activity: A small group of people, myself included, brainstormed t-shirt ideas and brought them to the group for a vote.
Results: We decided on a red shirt that says, "I love gardening from my head to-ma-toes"
Communication: A few individuals came up with t-shirt ideas and then they brought the ideas to the group to be discussed.
Leadership Skills: We had to independently come up with t-shirt ideas, including font, what the text would say, color, and we had to get a list of everyone's names and sizes
Luke's Leadership Project 1:
Problem: Finding a difference between a weeded garden and a non weeded garden
Solution: I'm gonna weed when I'm done watering or picking vegetables
Test/Activity: To see if weeds are good or bad for vegetables
Results: Weeds are Bad and they suck the water from the plant
Communication: A day came where we all helped out each of are gardens for 15 minutes
Leadership Skills: I thought of picking weeds to make my garden perfect
Luke's Leadership Project 2:
Problem: Making a Website about facts on the vegetables in my garden
Test/Activity: If vegetables have nutrients in them
Communication: Watch and see how long it takes to grow
Leadership Skills: Looked at all of the facts of the plants in the garden
Luke's Leadership Project 3:
Problem: What can I use in my garden from zucchini
Solution: I created Zucchini bread from one of my zucchini in my garden
Test/Activity: I used a Zucchini bread recipe with the zucchini I had.
Results: I finished my zucchini bread and shared it to the other interns
Communication: I use one of my family's cookbook to bake both of my zucchini's
Leadership Skills: I organized my ingredients to finish my goal