I wish I could have recorded some of the wise and wonderful things our community kiddos had to contribute to the conversation around what is going to come out of this difficult event. The message was clear though, we will make something beautiful together!
We also made use of what we had. We collected some lettuce seeds, and radish seeds from the plants we had started at the Community House Garden. I love to let them see the full cycle. To plant, and collect seed, and plant again is so empowering. Also, it looked a lot like they had poisoned the garden behind the Art Garage. There were dark, completely black and dead areas that were in rather round shapes as if the did a big glug of poison from a bucket or jug.
We just decided to rake up the whole area. There were a bunch of "volunteer" tomato plants in one of our garden boxes as well. We made use of these over crowded plants and brought them over to the Art Garage garden. Maybe it isn't quite as beautiful as it was, but it was uplifting to move forward from the hurt and disappointment. These types of experiences can either lead to depression, and helplessness, or hope and resilience. We need resilient kids!