|Thursday Tips & Techniques: Garden Mentors|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Thursday, 02 February 2012|
Everyone's an expert in something and whether you realize it or not, you probably are too, especially when it comes to gardening. Mentoring an adult or child who's eager to learn about gardening--flower, fruit, or vegetable--is a terrific way to give something back to the community. It's also a wonderful way to use those skills you've acquired through trial and error or just plain luck.
Urban and community gardens, along with school gardening programs are set up to empower children and adults to do for themselves. They add beauty and greenery to an all too often bleak landscape, while providing fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers for the neighborhood or community they live in, and teach children about environmental stewardship and appreciation of the earth. Teaching someone else what you know keeps your mind sharp too and you only need to dedicate a few hours each week or month to the job.
Children need positive role models no matter where they live and teaching them about growing plants, the soil, and the land is one of the ways to achieve this. So get involved in an urban or school gardening program today, and become a mentor to someone who needs one.