Students, gardeners, and educators helped to showcase the growing sustainability movement and the benefits of gardening during a special statewide effort titled “Celebrating Indiana’s Gardens.”
Sustainable Indiana 2016 is a collaborative initiative of Earth Charter Indiana (ECI) to achieve measurable progress toward sustainability by Indiana’s Bicentennial year of 2016.
Jennifer Davies is the instructor for the Avon Outdoor Learning Center. She was contacted to ask if the garden between Maple and White Oak elementary schools could be a part of a statewide “garden party” event Saturday.
“The learning center exists to supplement what the students are learning in the classroom,” Davies said. “We take what they are learning in math, sociology, and science and help them in an actual Outdoor experience. When you learn with all your senses, it makes the learning so much more meaningful.”
Davies started a garden club for third- and fourth-graders at both elementary schools.
“We had 76 kids sign up, so we need a couple more adults to come and help us with all these kids,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be able to show them that you can feed your family. It’s really wonderful to be able to pass this on to them.”
Gardens from throughout Indiana held events last weekend to showcase their ideas of sustainability. But what is sustainability?
According to the Sustainable Indiana 2016 website, “sustainability is living in a state of harmony and balance with each other and nature so that the entire interdependent web of life is perpetually healthy and prosperous.” The organization’s motto breaks that down to: “enough for all forever.”
On Saturday, individuals, schools, garden clubs, churches, and universities hosted local garden parties, offering attendees opportunities to tour a variety of gardens, exchange gardening knowledge, and enjoy treats.
Using vegetables from the Avon garden, Davies made three types of salsa for visitors to taste.