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Wilshire Branch Library Celebrates Earth Day this Saturday

The kids get their hands dirty at the Wilshire Branch LAPL library.
The kids get their hands dirty at the Wilshire Branch LAPL library.

The Friends of Wilshire (Branch) Library (FOWL) sponsored a free container garden class for the local community from November 2014 to January 2015.  The goal was to help teach children about gardening and where their food really comes from, and to introduce them to such topics as soil use, sustainability, scientific observation, and ecosystem awareness.

FOWL_container-small-1 2The result was three recycled oak barrels filled with carrots and radishes, herbs like cilantro, and finally the “Three Sisters” combination of corn, bean, and squash – some of these from seeds, others from seedlings.

“At the end of the eight classes, there were already radishes to harvest!” Mary Sheehan Rajswing told the Larchmont Buzz.  “Plus, during an art class at the library, children were asked to decorate garden markers to place in the barrels. We thank the GWNC for their major funding of this project.”

This Saturday, April 18th, FOWL will host a major Book and Bake Sale with emphasis on Earth Day, 12-2 pm. There will also be Earth Day projects including making “solar prints”. Residents are invited to visit the container gardens in the back patio after browsing the curated book selection and hand-made goodies.  “We also welcome your ideas for the next growing season in the library’s backyard,” Sheehan Rajswing said.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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