The weather may be growing cooler, but students at Boys Home are hanging on to the growing season a little bit longer. As part of a unit on plants and farming, Ms. Anderson’s middle school class has been busy practicing their gardening skills. The unit started with learning about plant cells. From there, lessons grew
When you’re feeding almost 50 growing young men, what’s one crop you can be reasonably certain everyone will enjoy? Potatoes, of course! After hard work, and a warm, dry summer, the Boys Home community is now enjoying the mature potatoes. An experienced farmer may certainly disagree, but for many of our first-time gardeners, this
It’s no secret that vegetables are good for you. Vegetables are a great source of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, and they are low in cholesterol, fat, and caloric density. As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, eating adequate vegetables may reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer, and high blood pressure.
After all this talk of gardening techniques, seeds, and soil, we can’t forget the original purpose of a garden – to grow food! On Monday, July 15th, Derek Nottingham from Guest Services visited Boys Home to give a cooking demonstration using some of the fresh produce from the garden. The focus for the morning
What to do with an old tennis court that’s not being used? Transform it into garden space, of course! The old tennis court at Boys Home, affectionately nicknamed the “ghetto garden,” is now home to raised beds and a small greenhouse made from found materials. The cracked blacktop, not ideal for tennis, is
After what seemed like one big rainstorm throughout the month of April, May (and almost June!) are finally upon us with sunshine and warm weather. For those at Boys Home who help on the farm, moving toward summer means plenty of work to be done! Students and staff members have been busy
The first to bloom is hope. Then the peas. Then the lettuce. Like the peas or the potatoes, every person needs the right conditions to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, not all Boys Home students come from conditions that are right for them to grow and thrive. At Boys Home, however, staff members work tirelessly
It arrived in boxes. No, not Christmas – the Boys Home greenhouse! On a rare sunny day in February, all the pieces for assembly of a 20’ x 28’ greenhouse with a polycarbonate roof and roll-up side panels arrived at the greenhouse location on Wickline Road. Farm Manager Bonnie Wheatley, alongside Bobby Trice, Director