By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager
The girls from Troop 10934 from Fayetteville/Manlius volunteered at the Community Garden at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church last year. They enjoyed it so much that they decided to volunteer again this year, and turn it into earning their Girl Scout Bronze Award!
This past spring the girls earned the Gardener and Flower badges and decided to use the skills they learned by earning those badges to design a plot in the Community Garden that contained pollinator-friendly perennials and annuals. While creating the plot the girls learned about the challenges facing honeybees and their importance to the local ecosystem and national food supplies.
The troop then learned that the Community Garden needed a bench for visitors to have a place to rest. So with the assistance of two Home Depot workers in East Syracuse the girls build a six-foot long wooden bench with a back. All of the materials used were donated by the Home Depot.
The Community Garden donates a portion of its produce grown to a local food pantry, so the girls wanted to learn more about eating locally grown foods. They visited Side Hill Farmers, a butcher/restaurant/local foods grocer in Manlius and learned about the importance of eating locally grown foods, including the benefits to the local environment and economy and energy conservation. The girls received help from the head chef and designed a menu and cooked a meal at the store that they took home to eat with their family and friends.
Way to go girls! Share what your girls are doing to earn their Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards or any other community service projects by e-mailing pictures and info to firstname.lastname@example.org.