MADE Garden's first workshop took place on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Good Earth Montessori in Mesa, AZ. MADE Garden teaching artists took preschoolers through an investigation of insects that live below the surface of the soil. Together, we wiggled like worms, marched like ants and flew in graceful arcs like honey bees.
Each child got to paint a repurposed plastic bottle to create a section of our giant worm, affectionately named DIRT. Dirt is hanging around Good Earth's garden plot located on the school's grounds. As a youth population that demonstrates an impressive range of ecological awareness, Good Earth students are familiar with the benefits that worms can provide a garden ecosystem. We discussed nutrients that worms contribute to the soil as well as natural soil cultivation and oxygen circulation for the root systems underground.
MADE Garden returns to Good Earth next week to explore the life of a seed and plant butterfly gardens in repurposed containers for the students to care for at home with their families!