MARQUETTE - Many people in Marquette County are learning about their food and how it grows by creating their own gardens.
A group of Brownies in Marquette is getting an early start in the same lesson by taking on a plot at the community garden at Presque Isle Park.
"I guess it's easy once you get used to it," said Raven Kosloski, 8, one of the eight girls in Brownie Troop 5030.
Green Brownies Troop 5030 leader Jacy Bowman, right, inspects the vegetables she and the girls in Brownie Troop 5030 planted at the community garden at Presque Isle. Raven Kosloski, 8, points out some of the growing vegetables while Erin Donovan, 8, looks on. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)
Sharing the plot with another troop, troop leader Jacy Bowman, a senior at Northern Michigan University, and the girls began working on their plot in the spring when it was nothing but soil.
"It was just dirt," said Erin Donovan, 8.
"And spiders," Kosloski added.
With Bowman's help, the girls weeded the garden and planted peppers, eggplants and tomatoes.
This week they came back to visit their garden - since the troop does not meet during the summer - to plant a border of flowers.
The girls worked together to decide where the flowers would go and then dug the holes and pulled the flowers out of their plastic seed trays - all done with a few shrieks and giggles over the discovery of a large slug.
"I like anything that gets them outside of the regular troop meetings," Bowman said. "I think it's good because it gets them outside and gets them practical experience with gardening."
The gardening project is helping the Brownies build on what they learned from other environmental activities during the school year.
"We do a fair amount of that with the troop," Bowman said.
The garden has so far produced two green bell peppers, which the troop got the chance to sample.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.