September 13: Planting and watering radishes, carrots, lettuces, chrysanthemums.
September 11 remembrance:
English 201-05, “9/11: Loss and Redemption,” spent time on the 18th “birthday” of this tragedy to reflect on the costs of the attacks as explored in Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2005 novel, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
At the same time, we continued work on the garden that recognizes those who have responded to the national need throughout our history by planting for the future. The broccoli put in last week, for instance, is prospering.
Our hope is to have all seeds in the beds by the weekend . . . and for rain!
September 6 update: Beds
Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, volunteers move organic compost into beds. Eight beds are ready to plant, but we still need rain.
August 30: Beginning
Guided by an exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, Home and Abroad is working with Longwood University to establish a campus garden in the tradition of the Victory gardens of WWII. Students in English 215-05, “Histories and Cultures,” will help research, design, and plant the garden as an application of the university’s Citizen Leader program. Their efforts will show support for America’s current military as they continue the tradition of protecting the nation’s interests at home and abroad.
The garden’s campus location is significant because a large magnolia tree beside the plot, planted early in the 20th century, comes from a cutting from a tree at President McKinley’s White House.