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Garden of Youth Weekly Schedule

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Click for the Garden of Youth 2021 Calendar

Use this schedule and the resources below to learn our weekly job and garden skills.  Check out the training videos and review as needed.  You can also look ahead to see what we will be doing each week.  Review and practice you skills each week.

We will also be having summer long competitions to photo graph and identify insects, weeds and animal visitors to our gardens.

Welcome to the Garden of Youth!

Welcome to the Garden of Youth internship program!  We are going to practice and grow our job skills as we grow and sell our garden produce.  We will work hard, get dirty and have some fun.  We will learn how to grow delicious, organic fruits and vegetables and build our résumés. By the end of the 10 week internship we will know what it takes to shine in any job or career.

Take a look ahead at what skills we will be practicing each week.  Use the tabs to review and grow your garden knowledge.

Work Hard, Have Fun!

Garden of Youth interns study soil structure in the D.U.G garden
Garden of Youth interns study soil structure in the D.U.G garden
Red Sun Sunflower
Red Sun Sunflower
A Monarch butterfly caterpillar on its host milkweed plant.
A Monarch butterfly caterpillar on its host milkweed plant. Photo credit Bankim Desai and Unsplash

Job and Garden Basics

This week we are getting to know our interns, our garden sites and the expectations we have for the summer.  We will learn our daily schedule, tour our site, identify weeds and veggies, and get the materials we need for success.

We are focusing on basic job and garden skills. We will go into the importance of showing up on-time everyday, working while you are at work, and having what you need to be successful.  We will also learn how to gently plant seeds and transplant delicate seedlings in our garden.  

Garden Skills:  Planting & Transplanting

Job Skills: Show Up On Time Everyday, Work while you are at work, Bring what you need to be successful

Friday, June 4th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In
Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
Ask interns about their favorite fruits and vegetables. Have they gardened before?

8:10 Tour Site
Walk through our garden area noting what has changed or grown from Wednesday
Identify 1 4’ x 8’ plot / area or larger for our planned 3 Sisters Garden
Identify 1 4’ x 8’ plot / area for a future pollinator garden
Use PlantNet phone app to identify weeds and seedlings

8:25 Begin working
Begin to clear plots for 3 Sisters and Pollinator spaces
Once a plot is clear of weeds, add 1-2 bags of compost and spread across plot. Some raised beds may already be too full to add any compost.
Continue to weed pathways

9:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building
Bathroom
Water bottle wash and fill
Phone check

9:10 Work Training and Garden Lesson
Spend time reviewing our work norms with interns:
Show up everyday on time
Bring what you Need for Success and Care for Materials
Professional Communication
Compost Video
Transplanting Training Video
Practice Transplanting with interns, make sure to allow for space for the plants to grow

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building
Bathroom
Water bottle wash and fill
Phone check

10:10 Garden work
Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants. Make sure you give yourselves enough time. Some sites may take up to an hour to water thoroughly.
Continue to clear one or two plots of weeds
Clear pathways of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out
Clean and put away all tools and materials
Lock Storage
Sign out on timesheets

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Demonstrate how each student is to sign in on their own page.
  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Ask interns about their favorite fruits and vegetables. Have they gardened before?

8:10 Tour Site

  • Walk through our garden area noting what has been planted, what are likely weeds
  • Identify your water access
  • Access your tool storage
  • Use PlantNet phone app to identify weeds and seedlings

8:25 Open Your Weekly Box

  • Distribute Shirts, Water Bottles and Gloves (write names with sharpie)
  • Save any shirts that need to be switched to a different size / color and hold on to them and let me know what you need replaced
  • Hold onto seeds for Meeting

8:45 Virtual Meeting – Welcome and Expectations

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • Introduction to Garden of Youth
  • Show up everyday on time
  • Bring what you Need for Success and Care for Materials
  • Professional Communication
  • Seed planting demonstration

9:45 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

10:00 Garden work

  • Clear one or two plots of weeds
  • Plant the seeds from the lesson
  • Clear pathways of weeds
  • Check planted beds for water – water if necessary

10:45 Group Photo and Clean up

  • Take a photo of your interns standing in front of their garden
  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Lock Storage

11:00 Leave for the Day

Water the way plants like to be watered.

No one likes to be sprayed in the face and plants feel the same.  Plants want water to their roots at the end of your workday.  The warm soil helps prevent the cold water from surprising and shocking the plant roots.  

We live in a high plains desert and the air dries out the soil.  The only way to tell if a plant needs water, or if the water has been able to get to the plant’s roots is to dig into the soil with your shovel or finger. 

It is best to water an area, move on to the next and then return to the first area.  This forces the water deeper into the soil and trains our plants to grow their roots deeper.  Deeper roots allow plants more access to water during hot and dry weather.

Job Skills: Stamina, Cell Phones and Breaks

photo credit Markus Spiske and Unsplash
Water your garden the way the plants want. Photo credit Markus Spiske and Unsplash

Monday, June 7th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Walk through our garden area noting what has changed or grown over the weekend
  • Check the soil 3 inches down to see if the soil needs water.
  • Check and compare each of the plots for soil moisture.
  • How do the corners and edges compare with the center of the plots?
  • Is there more or less soil moisture in the planted areas compared to unplanted areas?
  • Use PlantNet phone app to identify weeds and seedlings

8:25 Begin working

  • Transplant any seedlings left over from last week.
  • Continue to clear plots for 3 Sisters and Pollinator spaces
  • Once a plot is clear of weeds, add 1-2 bags of compost and spread across the plot.  Some raised beds may already be too full to add any compost.
  • Continue to weed pathways 

9:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:10 Work Training and Garden Lessons

  • Spend time reviewing our work norms with interns:
    • Show up everyday on time
    • Bring what you Need for Success and Care for Materials
    • Professional Communication
    • Work while you are at work

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work

  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  Some sites may take up to an hour to water thoroughly.
  • Continue to clear one or two plots of weeds
  • Clear pathways of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Lock Storage 
  • Sign out on timesheets

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Ask interns about what plants need to grow

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Use PlantNet phone app to identify weeds and seedlings

8:25 Watch the 3 Sisters video https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=HrGgCs7EqOY

  • Spend some time talking about the 3 Sisters and what they learned
  • If time allows, interns can look up other videos about the 3 sisters and companion planting

8:45 Virtual Meeting – Welcome and Expectations

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • Watering Best Practices
  • What is in the bag?
  • 3 Sisters and Sunflowers
  • Teamwork and Stamina

9:45 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

10:00 Garden work

  • Clear the area for the 3 Sister Garden and build mounds
  • Plant 3-5 corn kernels in each mound
  • Save the beans and squash seeds to plant on Friday
  • Hold onto flower, native and pollinator seeds for next week.  Keep them in a cool, dry place.
  • Clear pathways of weeds
  • Check planted beds for water – water as necessary using what we learned from the lesson today

10:45 Group Photo and Clean up

  • Take a photo of your interns standing in front of their garden
  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Lock Storage 
  • Sign out

Friday, June 11th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check the soil 3 inches down to see if the soil needs water.
  • Check and compare each of the plots for soil moisture.
  • Use what we learned about watering to plan how long we will need to water
  • Make sure any corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Have student use their phones to research what companion plants would be best for what you have already planted

8:25 Instagram Challenge #1

  • Have students teach coaches about instagram (sign up if you like, students can post as well)
  • Each site will earn points for the number of species identified and on which plant(s) they were found
  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags
  • The winning team will receive a prize
  • The challenge will run through the summer and be on the lookout for upcoming #gardenweedIDchallenge and #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge

8:45 Begin working

  • Transplant any seedlings and water deeply
  • Continue to plant your 3 Sisters and garden with beans and squash
  • Clear space for our pollinator gardens for next week
  • Continue to weed pathways 

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Work Training and Garden Lessons

  • Spend time reviewing our work norms with interns and ask them about why each skill is important:
    • Show up everyday on time
    • Bring what you Need for Success and Care for Materials
    • Professional Communication
    • Work while you are at work
    • Teamwork
    • Stamina

10:10 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering

  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  Some sites may take up to an hour to water thoroughly.
  • Continue to clear one or two plots of weeds
  • Clear pathways of weeds
  • Optional The Legend of the 3 Sisters video 5 minutes
  • Optional Appreciating 3 Sisters video 8 minutes

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Water any unplanted seedlings and place in the shade
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

Compost or There is No Such Thing as Waste

In nature, there is no such thing as waste.  Everything is a resource as nutrients moved through organisms and ecosystems again and again.  This cycle ensures nutrients are not lost forever as they continue to sustain life all around us. 

Composting is how we turn our unwanted plant material back into nutrients to feed the soil ecosystem and our future garden vegetables. Take a look at the Denver Urban Gardens composting page

Job Skills: Professional Communication in person, phone, texts and emails

Photo credit Edward Howell and Unsplash
Compost puts organic material back into the garden to feed the soil ecosystem and future crops. Photo credit Edward Howell and Unsplash.

Monday, June 14th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Some of the gardens may have received hail over the weekend.  Take pictures if your garden has been hit.  What looks like devastation will be new growth in two weeks.
  • Check the soil 3 inches down to see if the soil needs water.
  • Check and compare each of the plots for soil moisture.
  • Use what we learned about watering to plan how long we will need to water
  • Make sure any corners of raised beds are watered well

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge #1

  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags
  • The challenge will run through the summer and be on the lookout for upcoming #gardenweedIDchallenge and #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge

8:45 Begin working

  • Finish planting your 3 Sisters Garden
  • Transplant any seedlings and water deeply
  • Clear space for our pollinator gardens for Wednesday
  • Spread compost, dig in and rake to smooth
  • Continue to weed pathways 

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Work Training and Garden Lessons

  • Spend time reviewing our work norms with interns and ask them about why each skill is important:
    • Respect for supervisors, coworkers and customers
    • Professional Communication & Body Language (this includes eye contact, eye-rolls and sighs)
    • Bring what you Need for Success and Care for Materials (talk to each intern about bringing their mask, water bottle and snack
    • Teamwork
    • Stamina (keep working)

10:10 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering (It’s going to be hot, allow more time)

  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  Some sites may take up to an hour to water thoroughly.
  • Continue to clear one or two plots of weeds
  • Clear pathways of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Water any unplanted seedlings and place in the shade
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Use PlantNet phone app to identify weeds and seedlings

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge #1 (This is optional on your personal phones or use your DPS email to create a second account)

  •  How to Create an Instagram Account
  • Add a Photo and Post 
  • Download the app and create an account.  Use a name like @DPSManualGarden etc.  Students can post from their accounts if they would like to participate.  
  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site’s name
  • Identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags

8:35 Quick Training Videos

8:45 Virtual Meeting – Welcome and Expectations

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • Composting in our gardens
  • Planting our pollinator garden
  • Professional behavior – practicing to be our best

9:45 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

10:00 Garden work

  • Rake your pollinator garden area. 
  • Spread your compost and rake smooth
  • Spread your pollinator seeds
  • Gently rake in the seeds to cover with ¼” of soil
  • Water thoroughly, checking each area by digging 3-6” down
  • Continue to clear pathways of weeds
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary- not at all sites

10:45 Group Photo and Clean up

  • Take a photo of your interns standing in front of their garden
  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Lock Storage 
  • Sign out

11:00 Leave for the day

Friday, June 18th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on what is growing
  • If your garden gets hail, take pictures to compare to how it will recover in a few weeks.  
  • Check to see how your newly planted pollinator garden is doing.  Give it some water.
  • Use what we learned about watering to plan how long we will need to water
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge #1 (This is optional on your personal phones or use your DPS email to create a second account)

  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags
  • The challenge will run through the summer and be on the lookout for upcoming #gardenweedIDchallenge and #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge (you can get a jump on these if you like)

8:35 Begin working

  • Finish planting your pollinator gardens if necessary
  • Transplant any seedlings and water deeply
  • Continue to weed pathways 

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Work Training and Garden Lessons

  • Attracting Pollinators at Home
  • Soft Job Skills
  • Spend time reviewing our work norms with interns and ask them about why each skill is important:
    • Respect for supervisors, coworkers and customers
    • Professional Communication & Body Language (this includes eye contact, eye-rolls and sighs)
    • Bring what you Need for Success and Care for Materials (talk to each intern about bringing their mask, water bottle and snack
    • Teamwork
    • Stamina (keep working)

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering (It’s going to be hot, allow more time)

  • Mix fish emulsion fertilizer up and gently water your plants (skip any areas with newly planted seeds) 3-5 tablespoons per 5-gallon bucket will work well. 
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Chop, mix and turn garden compost
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

Insect and Plant Pests

This week will we look at some of the most common beneficial insects and insect pests we will find in garden.  Some insects are in our gardens to eat our fruits and veggies while other insects help us out by feeding on the pests themselves.  Other insects help us by pollinating our plants and helping keep our soil healthy. 

 

Job Skill: Time Management

photo credit Kryzyztof Niewolny and Unsplash
Japanese Beetles have become the #1 garden pest in recent years. Photo credit Kryzyztof Niewolny and Unsplash

Monday, June 21st, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Katie with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions and talk about the theme of the week.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on what is growing.
  • If your garden gets hail, take pictures to compare to how it will recover in a few weeks.  
  • Check to see how your newly planted pollinator garden is doing.  Give it some water.
  • Use what we learned about watering to plan how long we will need to water

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenges (This is optional on your personal phones or use your DPS email to create a second account)

    • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags: #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
    • Follow Us at @dpsgardens and the hashtags above to see posts from all teams
  • Add Instagram Challenge #2  #gardenweedIDchallenge 
  • And Instagram Challenge #3 #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge (see example by searching for the hashtag on Instragram)

8:35 Begin working

  • Finish planting your pollinator gardens if necessary
  • Transplant any seedlings and water deeply
  • Continue to weed pathways 

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Work Training and Garden Lessons

  • Attracting Pollinators at Home 
  • Soft Job Skills
  • Spend time reviewing our work norms with interns and ask them about why each skill is important:
    • Respect for supervisors, coworkers and customers
    • Professional Communication & Body Language (this includes eye contact, eye-rolls and sighs)
    • Bring what you Need for Success and Care for Materials (talk to each intern about bringing their mask, water bottle and snack
    • Teamwork
    • Stamina (keep working)

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering (It’s going to be hot, allow more time)

  • Mix fish emulsion fertilizer up and gently water your plants (skip any areas with newly planted seeds) 3-5 tablespoons per 5-gallon bucket will work well. 
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary- not at all sites
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Katie with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Use PlantNet phone app to identify weeds and seedlings

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge #1

  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags
  • Start Challenges 2 and 3  #gardenweedIDchallenge and #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge (you can get a jump on these if you like)

8:35 Quick Training Videos

8:45 No Virtual Meeting – Bird and Bug House Painting

  • Find a shady area to work where paint will not get on sidewalks, buildings or raised beds
  • Open your box for today
  • Each student and coach can choose a house to paint
  • Share / rotate paint as you talk about job skills and why they are important
  • The extra bird / bug house can be painted and placed in your garden.
  • When you are all finished.  Set the houses aside to dry. Thoroughly clean brushes.  Put the brushes and unused paints back in the box for pick up next week.
  • Clean up the area and any stray paint.

9:45 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

10:00 Garden work – Look for insects in your garden and watch what they are doing

  • Rake your pollinator garden area. 
  • Spread your compost and rake smooth
  • Spread your pollinator seeds
  • Gently rake in the seeds to cover with ¼” of soil
  • Water thoroughly, checking each area by digging 3-6” down
  • Continue to clear pathways of weeds
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary- not at all sites
  • Optional video: Beneficial Insects

10:45 Group Photo and Clean up

  • Take a photo of your interns standing in front of their garden with their bird houses
  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Lock Storage 
  • Sign out

11:00 Leave for the Day

Friday, June 25th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Katie with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions and talk about the theme of the week.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on what is growing.
  • If your garden gets hail, take pictures to compare to how it will recover in a few weeks.  
  • Check to see how your newly planted pollinator garden is doing.  Give it some water.
  • Use what we learned about watering to plan how long we will need to water

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenges (This is optional on your personal phones or use your DPS email to create a second account)

    • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags: #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
    • Follow Us at @dpsgardens and the hashtags above to see posts from all teams
  • Add Instagram Challenge #2  #gardenweedIDchallenge 
  • And Instagram Challenge #3 #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge (see example)

8:35 Begin working

  • Finish planting your pollinator gardens if necessary
  • Transplant any seedlings and water deeply
  • Continue to weed pathways 

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Work Training and Garden Lessons

  • More on Beneficial Insects
  • Spend time reviewing our work norms with interns and ask them about why each skill is important:
    • Respect for supervisors, coworkers and customers
    • Professional Communication & Body Language (this includes eye contact, eye-rolls and sighs)
    • Bring what you Need for Success and Care for Materials (talk to each intern about bringing their mask, water bottle and snack
    • Teamwork
    • Stamina (keep working)

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering (It’s going to be hot, allow more time)

  • Mix fish emulsion fertilizer up and gently water your plants (skip any areas with newly planted seeds) 3-5 tablespoons per 5-gallon bucket will work well. 
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary- not at all sites
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds
  • Optional Video Insect Friend or Foe

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

photo credit Michael Herren and Unsplash

Pollinators in our Gardens

Bees, moths, birds and bats pollinate flowers in their search for nectar.

Job Skill: Attitude is Contagious

Monday, June 28th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions and talk about the theme of the week.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on what is growing
  • Watch and photo pollinators working in your garden for contest
  • If your garden gets hail, take pictures to compare to how it will recover in a few weeks.  
  • Use what we learned about watering to plan how long we will need to water

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenges (This is optional on your personal phones or use your DPS email to create a second account)

    • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags: #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
    • Follow Us at @dpsgardens and the hashtags above to see posts from all teams
  • Add Instagram Challenge #2  #gardenweedIDchallenge 
  • And Instagram Challenge #3 #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge

8:35 Begin working

  • Finish planting your pollinator gardens if necessary
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Work Training and Garden Work 

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering (It is hot, allow more time)

  • Continue to mix fish emulsion fertilizer up and gently water any plants that did not get fertilized on Friday (skip any areas with newly planted seeds) 
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.
  • NO GARDEN OF YOUTH ON MONDAY THE 5TH
  • If 1 intern would like to make up some extra hours they can volunteer to water the garden on Monday.  Have them take before and after photos and send them to you to confirm. Let Chris know who will water from your site.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Use PlantNet phone app to identify weeds and seedlings

8:25 Quick Training Videos

8:45 Virtual Meeting – Welcome and Expectations

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • Attitude is Contagious
  • Evaluations overview – Growing our skills

9:30 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:40 Garden work

  • Water thoroughly, checking each area by digging 3-6” down
  • Continue to clear pathways of weeds
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary- not at all sites

10:35 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge #1

  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags
  • The challenge will run through the summer and be on the lookout for upcoming #gardenweedIDchallenge and #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge (you can get a jump on these if you like)

10:45 Group Photo and Clean up

  • Take a photo of your interns standing in front of their garden
  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Lock Storage 
  • Sign out

11:00 Leave

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In & Prep for long weekend

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions and talk about the theme of the week.
  • NO GARDEN OF YOUTH ON MONDAY THE 5TH
  • Plan on extra time for watering to get through to Wednesday
  • If 1 intern would like to make up some extra hours they can volunteer to water the garden on Monday.  Have them take before and after photos and send them to you to confirm. Let Chris know who will water from your site.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on what is growing
  • Watch and photo pollinators working in your garden for contest
  • Use what we learned about watering to plan how long we will need to water

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenges (This is optional on your personal phones or use your DPS email to create a second account)

  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags: #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Follow Us at @dpsgardens and the hashtags above to see posts from all teams
  • Add Instagram Challenge #2  #gardenweedIDchallenge 
  • And Instagram Challenge #3 #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge

8:35 Begin working

  • Check on your 3 Sisters and Pollinator gardens
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Garden Work 

  • Weed and spread any bagged Compost
  • Take pictures and post any insects and your 3 Sisters and Pollinator areas
  • Talk about job skills: Attitude is Contagious and Stamina

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering (allow more time)

  • Colorado Perennials and Pollinators https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=tja-LXmsBXs
  • Continue to mix fish emulsion fertilizer up and gently water any plants that did not get fertilized yet (skip any areas with newly planted seeds) 
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

Working Together – Team Work

When we work as a team toward a common goal, we can accomplish much more together than working independently.  This week we are practicing working together as a team and look to nature to reveal how we can utilize our strengths and minimize our challenges.

Revisiting 3 Sisters and Companion Planting

Corn, beans and squash work together to support each other creating a mutual system of gain.  Check out this video to learn more about 3 Sisters gardens and why they are so effective.

Common Garden Weeds

Plants are not good or bad and weeds are just plants in the “wrong” place.  Corn growing in a driveway is as much of a weed as a thistle in the garden.  Many “weeds” are good for the soil, feed native insects and birds, and some such as common purslane (portulaca oleracea) are delicious additions to salads or stir fry.

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale), Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium album) and Purslane are all delicious “weeds” that are found in gardens, yards and open fields in Colorado.

photo credit Chantal Garnier and Unsplash
Purslane portulaca oleracea
Purslane or portulaca oleracea is an edible succulent plant that grows across Colorado. It can taste like slightly lemony spinach and great on its own, in a salad or sandwich or cooked like spinach.

Monday July 5th, 2021

No work – Independence Day Observed

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Use PlantNet phone app to identify weeds and seedlings
  • Look for plants that will need water after the long weekend, if they are wilting, water immediately

8:25 Quick Training Videos

8:45 Virtual Meeting

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • 3 Sisters Growing Together
  • Companion Planting
  • Growing our skills
  • Trying our produce
  • Practicing Conversations

9:30 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:40 Garden work

  • Water thoroughly, checking each area by digging 3-6” down
  • Continue to clear pathways of weeds
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

10:35 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge #1

  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags
  • The challenge will run through the summer and be on the lookout for upcoming #gardenweedIDchallenge and #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge

10:45 Group Photo and Clean up

  • Take a photo of your interns standing in front of their garden
  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Lock Storage 
  • Sign out

11:00 Leave

Friday, July 9th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns. 

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on your garden
  • Watch and photo pollinators working in your garden for contest
  • Use what we learned about watering to plan how long we will need to water

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenges 

  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags: #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Follow Us at @dpsgardens and the hashtags above to see posts from all teams
  • Add Instagram Challenge #2  #gardenweedIDchallenge 
  • And Instagram Challenge #3 #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge

8:35 Begin working

  • Check on your 3 Sisters and Pollinator gardens
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Garden Work 

  • Optional video https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=AUQSZ_4rXn0
  • Practice having conversations with each of your interns
  • Weed and spread any bagged Compost
  • Take pictures and post any insects and your 3 Sisters and Pollinator areas
  • Talk about job skills: Working Together and Making Conversations

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering (allow more time)

  • If the day is cool, continue to mix fish emulsion fertilizer and gently water your plants
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well 
  • Compost: chop, mix and water 
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

Greenwood RNOS poster
Students at Greenwood Academy made this poster to encourage energy conservation.

Stewardship and Investing in our Future

Stewardship is recognizing our responsibility to care for the world around us.  The world provides everything we need to live and thrive and we are compelled to give back to the Earth to ensure future generations have the same wonderful place to live. 

Just as we work to invest in the Earth we also need to invest in our future selves is important as we build a brighter future.

Job Skill: Invest in your future – have a plan!

NASA Earth Rise 2015

Monday, July 12th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns. 

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on your garden
  • Watch and photo pollinators working in your garden for contest
  • Plan how long we will need to water

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenges 

  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags: #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Follow Us at @dpsgardens and the hashtags above to see posts from all teams
  • Add Instagram Challenge #2  #gardenweedIDchallenge 
  • And Instagram Challenge #3 #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge

8:35 Begin working

  • Check on your 3 Sisters and Pollinator gardens
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water bottle wash and fill
  • Phone check

9:25 Garden Work 

  • Weed and spread any remaining bagged compost
  • Take pictures and post any insects and your 3 Sisters and Pollinator areas
  • Talk about our weekly job skill: Investing in yourself: education, career, relationships and life

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering (allow more time it has been hot)

  • Intro to Stewardship https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=SkMrMulX9eQ this video is longer than most
  • Talk about what stewardship means and what it could look like in our lives, communities and schools.
  • If the day is cool, continue to mix fish emulsion fertilizer and gently water your plants
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary to soak the soil and water seeds and transplants.  Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Sign out on timesheets
  • Lock Storage 

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Look for plants that will need water, if they are wilting, water immediately

8:25 Quick Training Videos – Stewardship

8:45 Virtual Meeting – Stewardship

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • Pay update
  • Plans for Hazardous Air Quality Days
  • Squash Bugs
  • Trying our produce
  • Investing in ourselves – Keep Learning
  • Stewardship Walk – have a plan or connect with Facility Manager

9:10 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, fill water bottles, have a snack if you brought one, phone check

9:20 Stewardship Walk / Campus Clean Up

  • Find your gloves and trash bags
  • Decide as a group where you would like to clean up
  • Take lots of pictures of your team in action

10:35 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge #1

  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags
  • Also: #gardenweedIDchallenge and #gardenofyouthwildlifechallenge

10:45 Group Photo, Upload and Clean up

11:00 Leave

Friday, July 16th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns. 
  • Coaches – bait and set wasp traps as they are showing up in greater numbers.  Wash your hands thoroughly when you are done.  

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on your garden
  • Plan how long we will need to water
  • Look for fruit ripening and harvest any that would be good to eat
  • Look for plants sending up seed stalks – save some for seed harvesting in a few weeks

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenges 

8:35 Begin working

  • Check your squash for squash bugs
  • Go back to areas you have planted and remove weeds that have regrown
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

9:25 Garden Work 

  • Spend some time organizing and cleaning your toolbox or storage area.  Stack and organize any of the pots your plants came in and I will pick them up.
  • Weed and spread any remaining bagged compost
  • Talk about our weekly job skills: Investing in yourself: education, career, relationships and life and stewardship.

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering

  • Invest in Yourself https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=mD-o8t8iP1M&t=98s
  • Talk about how students are investing in themselves and their plans for after summer. 
  • If the day is cool, continue to mix fish emulsion fertilizer and gently water your plants
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary. Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wonderful World of Plants

We live in an amazing world where everything is connected to everything else.  Turn over a rock or a rotting log and see a busy miniature world of insects, worms and other invertebrates.  

Job Skills Review: 1. Show up every day on-time 2.Bring what you need for success 3. Work during work time, break during break time

photo credit Veeterzy and Unsplash

Monday, July 19th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns. 

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on your garden
  • Plan how long we will need to water
  • Look for fruit ripening and harvest any that would be good to eat
  • Look for plants sending up seed stalks – save some for seed harvesting

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenges 

8:35 Begin working

  • Check your squash for squash bugs
  • Go back to areas you have planted and remove weeds that have regrown
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

9:25 Garden Work 

  • Patterns in Nature https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=NYBEEuCANww
  • Talk about patterns in nature, using examples of types of patterns from the worksheet
  • Take pictures of patterns in your garden as you find them
  • Weed and spread any remaining bagged compost
  • Talk about our weekly job skills: Investing in yourself: education, career, relationships and life and stewardship.

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom
  • Water and snack
  • Phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering

  • If the day is cool, continue to mix fish emulsion fertilizer and gently water your plants
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary. Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Look for plants that will need water, if they are wilting, water immediately

8:20 Quick Training Videos – Wondrous World of Plants – Patterns in Nature

8:45 Virtual Meeting – Patterns in Nature

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • Exploring Patterns in our Gardens
  • Find symmetry, spirals, branching and more
  • Trying our produce and taking it home
  • Final 2 Weeks of Garden of Youth
  • Seed Harvest for Friday
  • Seed Mosaic project

9:10 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, fill water bottles, have a snack if you brought one, phone check

9:20 Patterns – Harvest Seed

  • Use the pattern card to help find and photograph plants that have patterns #patternsinnature
  • Harvest seeds and other plant parts for Friday’s project.  Collect several cups of seeds, flowers and leaves.  Leave in the sun to dry for Friday.
  • Nature by Numbers https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=kkGeOWYOFoA

10:35 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge

  • Take pictures of any insects you find in your garden and tag with #dpsgardenofyouth and #gardenofyouthinsectchallenge  #denverpublicschoolsgardens
  • Include your school garden site and identify the insect using the internet (best guess) and write the name in the post along with the tags

10:45 Group Photo, Upload and Clean up

11:00 Leave

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns. 

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on your garden and plan how long we will need to water
  • Look for fruit ripening and harvest any that would be good to eat
  • Look for plants sending up seed stalks – save some for seed harvesting

8:25 Spend 10 minutes on the Instagram Challenge

8:35 Begin working

  • Check your squash for squash bugs and eggs
  • Go back to areas you have planted and remove weeds that have regrown
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

9:25 Seed Mosaics Project – Find a shady spot for this project:

  1. Talk about patterns in nature, using examples of types of patterns from the worksheet
  2. Collect seeds and grains of all shapes, sizes, textures, and color.
  3. Cut poster board (or other material) to desired size.
  4. Lightly sketch a picture on your poster board.  Pick a pattern in nature for part of your mosaic.
  5. Squeeze some glue inside a small shape, working on one section at a time.
  6. Spread the glue with a finger or paintbrush.
  7. Fill the shape with seeds or grains.
  8. Continue, filling one shape at a time.
  9. Use a small spoon to fill a shape with very small seeds or grains.
  10. When finished, let the glue dry.
  11. Once the glue is dry, gently tilt the picture so that excess seeds fall off.
  12. Take photos of your art and upload to instagram with #dpsgardenofyouth and @biggreen

10:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

10:10 Garden work and watering

  • If the day is cool, continue to mix fish emulsion fertilizer and gently water your plants
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary. Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds
  • Optional Video Strange Plants https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=aEbxdE-QDhY

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

11:00 Leave for the Day

Photo Credit Aliona Gumeniuk and Unsplash

Nutrition and Harvesting Seeds

One of the best things about our program is that we get to eat and share our work!  Nutrition is the science of eating foods that taste good, provide the best fuel for our bodies and help us to feel and be our best.   We will learn some simple ways of know which foods are better for our bodies and minds than others. 

We will also be learning about how save our own seeds from our gardens to plant next spring and summer.  

Monday, July 26th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns. 

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on your garden and plan how long we will need to water
  • Look for fruit ripening and harvest any that would be good to eat
  • Look for plants sending up seed stalks – save some for seed harvesting

8:25 Begin working in the garden or project

  • You may start or continue working on your art / solar oven projects
  • Check your squash for squash bugs and eggs
  • Go back to areas you have planted and remove weeds that have regrown
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

9:25 Nutrition and Seed Harvest Videos

9:45 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

9:55 Garden work and watering

  • Keep using the fish emulsion on plants every 1-2 weeks to keep them growing strong
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary. Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well
  • Compost: chop, mix and water
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Look for plants that will need water, if they are wilting, water immediately

8:20 Quick Training Videos – Nutrition and More

8:45 Virtual Meeting – Harvesting Seeds

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • Final 2 Weeks of Garden of Youth
  • Getting ready for the end of the program – tool inventory and storage clean up
  • Insect Challenge Update- not all schools have uploaded their photos

9:10 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, fill water bottles, have a snack if you brought one, phone check

9:20 Harvesting and Saving Seed

  • Find some of your plants that have gone to seed and the seeds / pods are dry and straw colored
  • Harvest seeds and remove pods.  Keep the same type of seeds together
  • Store the seeds in the paper bags labelling the bags with the type of seed
  • Chris will gather the seeds from you later and save them for next summer’s interns

10:10 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, fill water bottles, have a snack if you brought one, phone check

10:45 Group Photo, Upload and Clean up

11:00 Leave

Friday, July 30th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns. 

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on your garden and plan how long we will need to water
  • Look for fruit ripening and harvest any that would be good to eat

8:25 Begin working in the garden or project

  • Have conversations about job skills and 
  • Check your squash for squash bugs and eggs
  • Go back to areas you have planted and remove weeds that have regrown
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots
  • Compost: chop, mix and water if necessary

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

9:25 Videos

9:35 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

9:45 Garden work and watering

  • Keep using the fish emulsion on plants every 1-2 weeks to keep them growing strong
  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary. Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well. Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Compost: chop, mix and water
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds
  • Optional Video: Seed Activism (15 min) https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=Xar4vixyzUs

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

11:00 Leave for the Day

Let’s Celebrate Your Accomplishment!

It’s the last week of Garden of Youth and we have come a long way over the summer.  The gardens have grown and so have your job skills.  This week, we are going to make seed balls for next year’s interns.  We will also be practicing budgeting, meal planning and getting ready for our celebration on Friday.  

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns. 

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Make observations on your garden and plan how long we will need to water
  • Look for ripening tomatoes, onions and peppers that we can use on Friday

8:25 Begin working in the garden and Seed Ball Project

  • Watch Making Seeds Balls https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=3tt1QrVTefo
  • Take 20-30 Minutes to make your own seed balls with the materials provided.
  • Students can take some home and the rest we will save for next year’s interns
  • Check your squash for squash bugs and eggs
  • Continue to weed pathways and garden plots

9:15  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

9:25 Garden work and watering

  • Check planted beds for water, water as necessary. Make sure corners of raised beds are watered well. Make sure you give yourselves enough time.  
  • Compost: chop, mix and water
  • Continue to clear pathways and garden plots of weeds
  • Watch this video to prepare for Friday’s celebration : Guacamole 3 Methods https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=4ff_uugBaAY

10:10  Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, Wash and fill water bottles, phone check

10:20 Garden work and watering

10:50 Clean up and Site Out

11:00 Leave for the Day

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Look for plants that will need water, if they are wilting, water immediately

8:20 Quick Training Videos – More about plants

8:45 No Virtual Meeting Today

  • Inventory your tools
  • Complete any projects that are unfinished
  • If your site opted out Monday, watch the videos and complete the seed ball activity

9:00 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, fill water bottles, have a snack if you brought one, phone check

9:10 Budgeting and Shopping

  • If your team is going to purchase food for Friday, head to the store and talk through budgeting and meal planning.
  • If not, use this time to talk about future job plans with each students and continue working in the garden

10:10 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, fill water bottles, have a snack if you brought one, phone check

10:45 Group Photo, Upload and Clean up

11:00 Leave

Friday, August 6th, 2021

8:00 Student Sign In 

  • Have students sign in, check for accuracy and make any corrections.
  • Call or text any absent student – text Chris with any absences
  • Go over this agenda with the interns.  Answer any questions.

8:10 Tour Site 

  • Check multiple areas to plan how long to water during the work time.
  • Look for plants that will need water, if they are wilting, water immediately

8:20 Make Guacamole and Slice Watermelon

  • Video if you need a refresher https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=4ff_uugBaAY
  • You will need food prep gloves, a cutting board, knives for dicing and slicing.  A spoon for the avocado, a mixing bowl, a fork for mashing and salt.
  • Chilis and cilantro are optional or can be added individually after guac is made
  • Use the food prep gloves when handling food
  • Clean up when complete

8:50 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, fill water bottles, have a snack if you brought one, phone check

9:00 Virtual Meeting – Celebration, Certificates and Slide Show

  • Welcome and Technical Troubleshooting
  • Enjoy guac and watermelon during meeting
  • Certificates
  • Slide Show

10:15 Bio Break – Wear masks when in the building

  • Bathroom, fill water bottles, have a snack if you brought one, phone check

10:25 Water Site Last Time and gather materials

  • Water your site deeply and thoroughly as we do not know when schools will take the reins on caring for the garden.
  • Separate materials, supplies, grow pots and any seed you saved for Chris to pick up

10:50 Clean and Lock up

  • Clean and put away all tools and materials
  • Lock Storage 
  • Sign out

11:00 Leave