Ken Wilkinson teaches the group where and how to plant the garlic.

Bounty from the earth

Beavers learn what sowing is all about at Chataway Ranch

The Ashcroft Scout group was out again, this time learning about some of the local agriculture.

Both the beaver and cub scouts were invited by the Wilkinson family to Chataway Ranch for the Fall planting of their garlic crop. They had set aside a special area so the children could plant garlic themselves and get an idea of what it takes to grow a crop for resale. Once they had their turn, we were all invited up to the barn to see the drying process.

With that we were all given some garlic to take home with tips on how to store it.

The children were more then rewarded for all their hard work. Not only were the Wilkinson’s’ nice enough to let us drop by; they gave 1st Ashcroft a $100 donation! And an invitation to return to harvest the very same garlic we planted. By then, the scouts will have a better understanding where some of the food we buy comes from and how it goes from the ground to the store.

1st Ashcroft thanks the entire Wilkinson family for their hospitality and generosity. We all look forward to seeing you again in the summer!

Alex Ekering