We meet at Gill Tract Community Farm about once a week on Wednesdays - a little more when the season is ripe and a little less when the garden is taking it's winter rest. Over the years, the kids have taken a big interest in the medicinal herbs garden, identifying plants, and making potions. They were also fascinated to find out what is happening under stumps and beneath the soil. Tracking the families of hawks and turkeys living on the farm is really exciting for us too. Last year we got to watch a turkey nesting and hatching her eggs in the Children's Garden.
We have been placemaking in the Children's Garden for the past year and a half. So far, we have built a shade structure, a cobb bench, slab tables, tree forts, and coat racks. We have plans to keep making the space more inviting to children and families in the farming community. Right now we are working on setting up a tool library and bamboo play dome where we will grow vines to create a shady play house.
Currently the kids are also working on the initiative to put up a structure in the Children's Garden so that people at the farm have a beautiful place to get out of the sun and rain. We put together a proposal that is being reviewed by UC Berkeley to construct a yome from Red Sky Shelters and the kids made a plan to fundraise. Here is a description (link to events) of the process we went through during a Kid's Circle meeting to get fundraising plans started.