CONWAY — Last Thursday, March 31, the Conway Public Library seeded its Youth Garden Project for a second year.
Herbalist/educator Carol Felice from the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm helped the kids get their hands dirty right away preparing the soil and planting seeds for the new garden. Assisting her were members of the Smith family, including Angel, Misty, Brayden and Nirvana.
Tara McKenzie, head of youth services at the library, created the garden last year in the company of many partners and hopes to continue some of those partnerships this year with agencies such as 4-H and the Mountain Garden Club.
"It was such a fruitful garden last year, and I look forward to another one this year," said McKenzie.
"The young people of the area built the raised beds, squared them out, planted and tended the gardens last year with help from the UNH Co-operative Extension," she said.
"When harvest time came, it was so exciting to see all the vegetables and flowers and herbs. We had tons and tons of cherry tomatoes."
This year’s garden includes some cooking and slicing tomatoes, along with other vegetables and the addition of jalapenos.
More herbs also have been added.
The Youth Garden Project meets every Thursday starting after Memorial Day from 4-5 pm. Club activities include a garden activity or craft, and then work in the gardens.
The library is hoping to get a good group going this summer to enjoy gardening with them.
"I hope to do more cooking with fresh herbs and vegetables this year," McKenzie added.
Stop by the Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Ave. in Conway for more information or just to see the progress in the garden beds. You can also call McKenzie at (603) 447-5552 to find out about this and other youth programs.