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EcoKids Report #3


"This program is about two four letter words. One of them is HOPE and the other is LOVE.", said Larry Wilhelm of Earthworks. Mr. Wilhelm was a visiting compost educator from Texas who came to our fall harvest dinner. It is nice to hear words like these about our 49/63 EcoKids program. We often get comments like these from our visitors.

On October 10, 1:00 PM, the EcoKids harvested broccoli, green beans, mustard greens and radishes from their fall gardens. We went to the kitchen at the Dream Center and worked for five hours preparing dinner for our families. In addition to the tomatoes, peppers and leeks donated by local organic gardener Jim Carter, we bought four chickens from a farmer who raises them in a fairly natural setting with no chemicals or antibiotics. We used as high a percentage of organic food as possible.

Volunteers Ellie Dawson, Roberta Vogel, Alice Randolph and Andrew Pattison helped all afternoon with the preparation. Wild Oats Community Market, Pisciotta’s, and the Breadsmith in Brookside donated other foods for the dinner. Table cloths were loaned to us by the Mariott Hotel rather than using paper.

The kids were great in harvesting and preparing dinner. They were excited and worked hard the whole time. The parents had an opportunity to see the program in action and seemed favorably impressed. We had mounds of food left over which we donated to City Union Mission. They were pleased. The kids stayed for about 45 minutes after dinner to clean up. One family of five stayed until 9:15 PM until everything was cleaner than when we came. Thanks to all.

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