Peering closely at their new green onion shoots, NMI Girl Scout members listened to tips on how to produce a healthy garden as part of earning a badge Saturday morning at Hopwood Junior High School.
Victor Cabrera, who is Hopwood’s career and technical education instructor and had volunteered to teach a mini-workshop, gave them green onion sprouts to grow and toured the young girl scouts around the school’s farm.
NMI Girl Scout troop leader Reina Camacho said this workshop and tour was part of earning “Make the World a Better Place” badge for the local Girl Scout troop. To complete the process, they must also share photos of their green onion sprouts from planting to harvesting and even cooking.
“You can, if you want to, share how you used the green onions in a dish, but mostly, we would like to see how well it grew under your care,” said Camacho.
NMI Girl Scout Kyrie Palec said she hopes to start her own garden one day and enjoyed learning about different plants and how to grow them.
“They are the future. If they know how to garden, and they know how to grow their own food, or at least just a little bit to supplement what they need, then that means we would be less dependent on what’s being imported,” said Cabrera.
“If you spark that interest at a young age, they’ll grow up with that interest. That’s why I like volunteering for opportunities like these,” he said.
For more information on the NMI Girl Scouts, visit www.facebook.com/nmigirlscouts. (PR)