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At the Scotland garden, we host children of all ages on a weekly basis in programs designed to teach them about the joys of vegetable gardening and eating freshly picked foods. We also run a nature and foraging youth program. We partnered with Montgomery County Parks and Recreation to open a new nature trail for the community to use which has allowed us to expand our programs and engage more with foraging.
Our History with Scotland
In October 2015 we built an inspiration garden at Scotland Recreation Center with the staff and young people from the Scotland community. We will grow herbs and vegetables together starting next spring.
We are also excited to continue gardening with the the community development group Scotland Storm. Fred Teneyck, the group’s academic director, and six Scotland Storm students volunteered with us at our nursing home garden. We look forward to continuing to work on the garden with the Scotland Storm, as well as any other interested community members.
In 2016, the garden project was supported by a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation. We offered programming on topics including harvesting and maintenance techniques, as well as cooking and tea making with fresh herbs.
In 2017 we had another successful year of growing together in the garden. We also collaborated with naturalists Tori Heller and Andrew Shofer to offer regular nature awareness and primitive skills education for the children.
We returned in 2018 and began the season by building an additional garden bed, a brand new deer fence, and mulched pathways. These improvements increased the productivity of the garden and improved the experience for the community.
In spring of 2019, we partnered with Montgomery County Parks and Recreation to open a new nature trail for the community to use, giving them easy access to Cabin John Park. The trail has allowed us to expand our nature programs at this location.