Slugfest attracted children of all ages to our garden and the scavenger hunt organized by catherine was very challenging and fun. kids were running around finding "something fuzzy/something for the compost bin/something to make tea out of/something smooth, etc etc etc. One of the challenges was to try a piece of durian melon, an unusual delicacy to be enjoyed by adventurous people who are not deterred by odd smells and unusual textures. The general consensus was that it was good, very sweet, like a cross between pumpkin, custard and banana. The kids, who have had their horizons broadened and their palettes educated all school year by Silvie and her wonderful Farm to School program, rarely hesitated to try something new.
Local families and visitors to the garden this weekend commented on the beauty and success of our space. It truly is a wonderful place, and all the people involved in our garden are part of this positive, healthy, remarkable growing spot of community spirit.
And then there's the slugs, the bags and bags of slugs.... i didn't do a final count, but i estimate we collected up about two hundred slugs yesterday afternoon. After the festivities, we brought the bucket over to Juanita's duck pens and without describing the brutally swift scene of carnage that followed, i can say that the 6 ducks greatly appreciated the feast.
The winning float!
Tena and Catherine
Traci and the kids making dream catchers
These guys found DOZENS of slugs
Visiting friends from the Produce Availability Initiative
Bags of slugs
slug hunter Ellen
Andrea and Marion on the float