As part of my dietetic internship in community nutrition, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work in the garden. After all the office and computer work, it’s wonderful to get outside in the lovely spring weather. I don’t have much experience gardening, but hope to start a garden of my own soon, and what better way to learn than helping out at Songaia.
In addition to my work in the garden, I’ve also had the pleasure to help with Fox in the Forest. With Susie, I’ve learned about foraging and cooking with plants outside our usual scope of fruits and vegetables. This has included souffle, syrup, chai tea, and creamy soup all made from dandelions, as well as a plethora of rose petal jam. Plus, who knew the little yellow flowers from collard greens are so tasty? It’s been great broadening my horizons of harvestable plants.
Lately more of my focus in the garden has been helping transplant squash and other vegetables. Though it may sound simple, transplanting involves digging up jungles of weeds to prepare beds, followed by digging holes, adding fertilizer and lime, and then finally adding the plant with a nice mound of soil and compost. Following the planting, the plants have had their trials through slugs and sunburns (caused by insufficient “hardening” before the transplant), but I’m sure by the end of the summer we’ll have a magnificent crop to enjoy.
The last month has been a great experience not just in nutrition, but also gardening, permaculture, and community. Thank you Songaia for having me, and for the many lessons I can take with me for future adventures.
5/25/2015 01:08:57 am
Beautiful story, Dana. I shed tears of joy when I read the blog entries of the awesome interns share their stories of their Songaia experience. One of my husband's (Fred) dreams for Songaia was to have a community Learning Center. His dream and mine have come true!
6/12/2015 04:45:07 am
6/12/2015 04:47:59 am
It was great to meet you Dana. I hope you have a warm trip in Hawaii. I have enjoyed the meals you've made and having the nutritional appointment. Good luck on the new adventures!
5/9/2023 07:37:41 am
I'm hoping Dana that you will have to start a garden on your own.
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