18 June 2019 – Checking out Baltic Street Gardens!

Today me and Catherine went to Baltic Street Gardens, an amazing child-run community space. This is where Helen Trail (a post-doc from the University of Glasgow) researches. The site was set up by two brothers, and I met one of them. The outdoor centre also acts as a local food hub for the community in the East End of Glasgow. I really liked the raised beds! And there were chickens too. The kids seemed to be really enjoying using the space and feeling free.

April 2019 visit to the University of Arizona’s Community and School Garden Program

I did a week-long visit to Tucson ahead of the team visit later in the summer. During this time I shadowed members of the Community and School Garden Program at multiple sites (elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as amazing community-run gardens, and the classes at the University of Arizona). I found the visit utterly inspiring, and I was genuinely moved to see the enthusiasm, care, and hope among all the participants. And while it’s overwhelming to see all the different elements of the program after 10 years, I think there are lots of tips and ideas for small programs we can adopt back at Glasgow. The spaces the young people were dwelling and gardening in had such a transformative effect on their wellbeing–and it’s this aspect that will always stay with me, and motivate me.

The University of Arizona’s School of Geography and Development has its own intern program. Students chose the class as an elective and then volunteer at one of the partner schools for their classwork. Fantastic idea!
Helping out with Middle School science experiments!
Blue shows me around Manzo Elementary’s amazing ecology garden.
Lesson planning with Jessie, Rachel, and Blue!
Definitely could not grow cacti in Glasgow
Another school garden shot from a middle school
I got to help plant sunflower seeds!
Tuscon High’s farm club. Such a cool space!
Blue doing what she does best!
Rincon High School!
This garden was partly under solar panel – part of the agrovoltaics experiment.
This downtown community farm was such an inspiring space – all community run.
I definitely felt welcome!
Learning irrigation!

9 and 10 May 2019: The Planting Continues

Victoria, Ruth, and myself head to the garden centre and hardware supplies for more supplies. We have lots of discussion about the future and practicalities of the garden (it’s great to work with such an enthusiastic team). Back in the garden, Boclair pupils help get the soil and initial infrastructure set-up. I think I would best describe this process as managed chaos–and so much fun! The weather holds for us

We barely got the bamboo plant in the car!

8 May 2019: Transferring the plants to Boclair

Today I delivered all the veggies from my office to the school garden at Boclair. The pupils are fantastic at helping moving the stuff and getting stuff in the raised beds. I finally get to meet the amazing Ruth, and together with Victoria, we have a meeting about the future direction of the garden.

Mrs Bone, Miss Duncan, and myself get plotting! Not at all a posed shot!