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SRPMIC Recreation Department Club Works on ‘Green Thumb’

Nicholas Acosta and others work on garden.

Soon, carrots, traditional corn, radishes and other vegetables will grow from a special garden in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, maintained by a group of young people.

In collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences cooperative extension, the SRPMIC Recreation Department kicked off its after-school garden program on February 28.

Nine children ages 6 to 12 are part of the garden program. The garden is located near the Salt River Community Building, which houses the recreation program.

Garden program participants tend to their garden. More garden preparation by Christian Lopez.
The garden program, which runs through May, is one of the department’s special-interest classes. A handful of instructional specialists with the university help Recreation staff and students facilitate the garden by visiting twice a month, said Social Program Coordinator II Sera Gould. Students will tend to the garden every Tuesday, working to develop their “green thumb,” she said.

Yellow watermelon, zucchini and spaghetti squash were also planted, and other vegetables were transplanted.

The garden is located near the Salt River Community Building.
“Kids learn how to grow traditional and other foods that they can take care of,” Gould said. “We’re hoping they learn more about eating fruits and vegetables, living a traditional lifestyle and planting their own field.”

For more information about the Recreation Department’s special-interest classes, call (480) 362-6360.

Nine children ages 6-12 participate in the SRPMIC Recreation Department's after-school garden program.