Off to a chilly start, this month’s Workday proved to be a success with the help of many families. The garden was a buzz with help of all our garden friends. We did everything from weeding, to planting. We were even able to give our reading garden much needed attention by pruning back some plants. The sense of community felt throughout the garden was contagious as many families worked side by side in an effort to get our garden looking beautiful. Perhaps one of our favorite sights to see was a family made of three generations, grandparents, parents and children, connecting in the garden. It is a great feeling to see our little oasis provide families with an opportunity to spend time together.
As the day grew warmer and after so much hard work we were rewarded with a great lesson from our talented chef volunteer, Sonoko Sakai. Sakai introduced some great cuisine, which transported us all to Japan. Parents and children alike learned how to make fun rice critters called Onigiri. Onigiri is a Japanese dish comparable to rice balls, which are wrapped in nori (seaweed) and filled with traditional ingredients such as salted salmon. In Japan, this provides a tasty portable lunch for school children. In the garden, all the children had the opportunity to roll and decorated their Onigiri in the traditional Japanese way. It was a delight to see the kid’s creations decorated with some freshly harvested veggies and flowers from the garden, and sesame seeds.
Aside from making Onigari, we all learned how to make miso soup, a traditional Japanese dish. The afternoon concluded with a happy garden and even happier tummies.
Overall, the workday was a fun enjoyable experience for all. Everyone at the garden appreciates all the help and we look forward to another fun workday on March 9th.