Bonnie Mitsui was the
"silent partner" with a number of small organizations in
our community, including Granny's Garden School. Bonnie
believed people should have a hand in growing their own food.
The mission of the Family Garden Project is
to encourage and support families with developing vegetable and
flower gardens in their backyards.
Families can grow some of their own food for eating,
herbs for seasoning and flowers to enjoy and share without
spending lots of money.
A garden does not have to be a
tedious chore and can enhance family life.
can families participate?
Each year Granny’s Garden School offers 100 garden starter kits,
free with a $30 donation. These kits
contain the same varieties of seeds that we use in our garden
program plus surprises. The kits also contain coupons for free
flower, vegetable and herb plants and compost from Granny’s
compost pile. Families simply need to register, and then
pick up their kits at Granny’s Garden School. Each kit contains
more than enough seeds to plant two 3' x 10' vegetable garden
beds plus a selection of easy to grow
flower seeds. You do not have to live
in Loveland to participate.
Tips for getting
kids interested in gardening.
The most important thing you can do is to be a gardener
yourself. Younger children usually want to be wherever you
are doing whatever you are doing. Use this to your
advantage to turn them on to a lifetime of gardening pleasure.
If you never had the opportunity to have
such an experience yourself, now is a good time to start.
You and your child can learn together. There are links on
Granny’s Garden School website that can answer just about
any gardening question you may have. You can also come to
our gardens and learn first hand by gardening with Granny or one
of her helpers.
All-time favorite things for younger
children to grow and eat are peas and potatoes (plant mid
March), carrots and cherry tomatoes.
The older children get a kick out of the same things but really
like anything unusual, i.e. purple potatoes and red carrots.