Blog 2: First Experiences
June 20, 2014

Hey y’all! It’s Kiley Braune again.

First of all, working in the garden is a blast and I get a good sweat out of it. I do all kinds of things like watering (of course), harvesting, picking bugs off leaves, and snail hunting. I have learned a lot about different types of plants and how they react to certain conditions. Unfortunately, I have also learned about all the harmful things that try to suck the life out of the plants, but now I can catch them while it’s not too late. I loved picking blackberries while they were in season, but now my favorite thing to do is plant and harvest just about anything. There are beautiful flowers growing such as Love in a Mist, yellow and red sunflowers, and gardenias. The most common vegetables growing are green beans, yellow, scallop, and butternut squash, jalapeños, varieties of hot peppers, and potatoes. Another project I am working on is promoting the garden classes. I edited a recipe book to hand out that has recipes including vegetables from the garden. I created and passed out flyers around the WIC center and am hoping to give some clients a call to remind them of the classes on Fridays. The clients, especially the kids, seem excited to learn about the vegetables and what recipes they go great with. I think they are most excited about picking the vegetables; I know I am. Lately I have been helping Cynthia with grant budgeting and researching different estimates for an outdoor kitchen we are hoping to acquire. She is about to turn in the grant application, so we are hustling to find what we need for the estimated costs. I am learning as I go in that area and I think it will help me financially in the future to know the bells and whistles. I hope that my work here will benefit WIC, especially Cynthia who works so hard and is a multi-tasking champ.

Sunflowers growing tall
Sunflowers growing tall
The jalapenos are looking good!
The jalapenos are looking good!