Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s Dig It! Garden Apprenticeship
concludes its third successful year this week.
Ten local middle school students have spent three days a
week at MFBG for four weeks learning about a variety of agricultural and
horticultural topics and completing hands-on activities like designing and
caring for the vegetable garden.
MFBG Youth and Outreach Coordinator Kelli Meeker saw a
similar apprenticeship program in work at another organization and was inspired
to mirror it here.
“The vegetable garden is a big part of it. The apprentices
have been learning about the soil, growing vegetables, botany, science, plant
names. The dedication they find in what they’re doing – it’s a chance for them
to take responsibility,” Meeker said. “In years past, we’ve had guest speakers
like the water resources agent with the Clemson Extension Agency.”
Dig It! participation is by application only.
“I look for an interest in the outdoors, gardening in
general and the effort the students put into the application,” Meeker said. “The
No. 1 priority of Dig It! is getting kids outdoors so they’re even more tightly
connected to what they’re learning. No. 2 is connecting kids with the community
they’re a part of.”