Youngsters excited to grow into new role as gardeners

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Shaunavon Wellness and Leisure hosted the Tiny Sprouts Youth Garden Workshop for a half dozen participants at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Center on Thursday June 8.

The workshop was created and led by Wellness and Leisure Summer Active Coordinator Anna Mae Morin, which is funded by the community initiative fund.

“My goal is to teach the kids about sustainability and give them some tips for when they want to garden on their own,” said Morin.

The workshop was offered to two different age groups, five and under and 6 plus.

At the workshop the kids learned how to plant and take care of their plants.

Morin came up with the idea through her own interest in gardening.

“I personally love gardening and looking after my own plants," said Morin. "I thought it would be kind of new and easy to expose children to that, and give them some hands-on experience in gardening.”

Each child received two types of flowers and two different types of vegetables to plant. The items were donated by the Shaunavon Florist and Garden Centre.

“We’re going to be planting those seeds in little egg cartons with soil and then they can take them home with some tips to take care of them,” said Morin. “They can watch them grow throughout the summer and transplant them into new pots or in their own gardens at home.”

The kids also made garden markers using little popsicle sticks to mark their plants when they transfer them.

Morin also runs the after school program for Wellness and Leisure.

“We do games, activities, colouring and sometimes we’ll go to the pool or the splash park,” she explained.

The after school program runs Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 till 4:30 p.m. and usually has eight kids in attendance.

Morin also mentioned that they are working on an upcoming bird watching program, which she is calling Young Birders of Shaunavon.

Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard

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