MG Outreach Projects - 2008 (cont.)

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2008 was the 10th year of success for The Colchester Green Team, an inter-generational gardening program sponsored by Colchester's Youth Services and Senior Services. The project brings children in grades 3 to 8 together with Senior Citizens to plan and maintain gardens devoted to vegetables, herbs, and butterflies.

Master Gardener Interns have been involved with the garden for the past two years, working with certified Master Gardeners and members of the public.

CMGA has been pleased to provide funding to assist this worthwhile project. A full report appears in the November 2008 edition of the CMGA newsletter, The Laurel.

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2008 was the third year for the vegetable garden at Channel 3 Kids' Camp. Every summer kids and mentors alike have experienced the satisfaction of growing vegetables from seed and harvesting their own crops. In 2008, the team planted an orchard with peach, apple and cherry trees donated by Bobby Duffy, owner and operator of The Funny Farm in Ledyard, CT. A big challenge in the orchard continues to be trying to discourage the local wildlife from enjoying the foliage and fruits of the trees before it’s ready for human consumption. Fran Maynard and Steve Aldi (MG Class of 2008) joined the family as interns.
Gardening is not just about work, of course: every year the vegetable gardeners have joined in a 'sunflower race' to grow the tallest sunflower; careful records are kept, and regular reports on the sunflowers' progress are posted.
Read more in the August 2008 edition of the CMGA newsletter, The Laurel.

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