In the beginning there was a learning party to share ideas for the garden.  Robin Wheeler, who runs an edible landscape nursery, founded the Sustainable Living Arts School, writes books like Gardening for the Faint of Heart and Food Security for the Faint of Heart led the session. We started with a walk around the garden site in the snow, then came back to my house for tea and map-making.

The kids are fierce about garden design

The kids are fierce about garden design

One of the designs

One of the designs.

Robin urged us to think about berries, herbs for tea that kids will like, and plants that kids like to touch, smell and taste.

A couple of weeks later some boxes arrived.

The first of many work parties.

The home learners stopped by after class and helped to make the central mound- where we now have a little butternut tree.

More child labour.