Thank you to every single kid, parent, family member, and educator who entered our summer photo contest! We received so many wonderful photos, and as always, the best part is seeing how many kids are enjoying spending time in the garden. Narrowing down the 372 (!!) entries to just four winners and twelve honorable mentions was really tough.
Winner: Kids in the Garden
"Keiki in the Kalo" - At Kawaikini Public Charter School keiki (kids) like Puahi here play and help take care of the kalo (taro) plants in the garden. Winner: Kid Garden Activity
The third grade class set up a horizontal flow worm bin. Not only are they learning about vermicomposting and living soil but also about food waste and the cycle of growing, harvesting, composting, and giving back to the soil that provides the nutrients for our food to grow. Winner: Taken by a Kid (10 and under)
This grasshopper is happy in our pollinator garden in front of our home. We dug up some lawn to make this garden, and it has so many happy visitors! Photo by Solène. Winner: Taken by a Kid (Age 11-18)
"Lunch time in the Garden!" This photo was taken right after watering our container plants. The garden has helped me find new ways to eat foods I already love. We made potato tacos and harvested cherry tomatoes and jalapenos to make salsa. Photo by Trevion. Honorable Mentions
My daughter talking and laughing with her watermelons. She was part if a Lil Growers competition in the city near our town.
Fuzzy caterpillar face.
This is "Carrots". Carrots love coming around our flower gardens to grab a bite and check out all the other interesting critters that visit. The young photographer is, Maggie (9), who loves capturing critter pics with dad's camera.
Checking up on seedlings and singing them songs, so that they grow happy and strong.
It's my garden. Behind me is a vine that is taller then me! It has pretty pink and red flowers. I'm 10 and it's bigger then me.
This is my son Ethan who joins me at the community garden working quite a bit. This evening he just couldn't resist a snooze.
Time to water our garden! Vivian and Onyx, both almost three years old, are sharing the hose to fill up their watering can.
Seventeen year old Chilly shows off the beets he harvested at the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden.
Mason and Zoe showing all the peaches they harvested from our peach tree!
Learning about the importance of insects and what we can do to protect them.
This is a photo of Justin in our Boys and Girls Club Community Garden enjoying the harvest of their hard work planting and growing green beans.
Pollinator balls in the making at Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School in Glastonbury, CT.