Joyce has a green thumb. She loves to grow things, especially plants from seed that she’s collected locally. Over the years she’s encouraged the kids in this area as well and they’ve grown everything from tomatoes, peppers, radishes, sunflowers, avocado trees, and passion fruit vines, to pine trees and sugar cane! Four years ago we had a little boy much matured beyond his 8 yrs arrive with his sister to come live with us. He wowed us with his knowledge of agriculture, and his ability and determination to make things grow. After eating a mango one afternoon he declared he was going to plant it and make a new tree. “Well of course, why not? That’s a great idea!” We encouraged, doubtful anything would come of it. Mr Green Thumb carefully selected a spot in the back yard, dug down till he hit a rock, and plopped that pit in the ground. 4 yrs later, that pit is a beautiful thriving 18 ft tall tree!
Well Joyce used the aftermath of our mango feast several weeks ago as a teachable lesson for our pre-school group. Each of the kids, got their hands dirty (and much more) filling a bag with soil, digging in, and planting their mango pits. They of course had no idea why, at 3 and 4 yrs old its not really something they grasped, but playing in the dirt is fun no matter what the purpose right? Less than a week later Malouzie’s had sprouted. Shortly after Osmaika’s, and within 3 weeks everyone’s trees were up and growing! The kids have loved watching their trees grow. The idea is that eventually most of these trees will be planted on the new Fort Jacques property and provide our own fruit for the future kids of GLA long after these have gone. A few of them area already seeded in the ground just above the Toddler Pods at the site and doing well in the rich soil. It is a way to be more self-sufficient, a way to remember some of the little ones we’ve been blessed to share in life with, and a way to purposefully prepare for the future little ones that will call our’s their home one day, we nurture with hope and anticipation the fruit that will come…
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV
Posted on Thu, August 21, 2014
by Molly Little filed under