|Weeding at HSVCG (photo by JD Hutchison-Maxwell)|
The Bountiful Brookline youth program Teens Grow Food is in high gear as the produce in our gardens ripens. We recently talked with four TGF participants, all students at Brookline High School: Oscar, Josh, and twin brothers Ricardo and Stefano. The twins grew corn, beans and other vegetables in Haiti; however, while Oscar's mother grew up on a farm and can relate to his summer experience, he and Josh are new to growing food.
TGF has worked this summer in Bountiful Brookline's two demonstration gardens, Greenside Out Garden at the Brookline Community Foundation and Goodwin Garden in the back yard of the Lockwood Family on Goodwin Place, and in community gardens at Brookline Housing Authority sites including High Street Veterans Community Garden and Sussman House elderly and disabled housing.
Stefano enjoyed sampling new kinds of food like blueberries and purple beans. Oscar's favorite part of the program was observing nature and seeing how things are, away from the distractions of TV. For Josh, the hard work was a good workout, one with a purpose and many rewards: helping people to have better food grown without chemicals, spending time with his TGF crew mates, and overcoming his fear of squishing bugs by "thinking about what the bugs would do to the plants."
|Hunting for squash borers at Goodwin Garden|
|Squash borer revealed (photo by JD Hutchison-Maxwell)|
Despite the bugs and some hot humid days in the sun, all four said they would definitely do it again.
|Josh's pet earthworm (photo by JD Hutchison-Maxwell|
|Another raised bed under construction at Sussman House|
|Bountiful Brookline at Lineage|
|JD is pleased with a job well done|