More than plants grow in 4-H Teaching Garden

Staff Report | July 28. 2014 7:55PM

Enzo Scott, 8, of Auburn feels the runoff as Garden Manager Tracy Morley pours water on a clump of straw while giving a lesson in the 4-H Teaching Garden at Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn last week. Also pictured is Jacob Sevigny, 10, of Bedford. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Garden Manager Tracy Morley gives a lesson to kids ages 5-12 during the 4-H Teaching Garden at Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn on Wednesday. The project is cosponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Audubon Society at the Massabesic Audubon Center. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

AUBURN -- Lessons in helping others are growing in a garden plot on the grounds of the Massabesic Audubon Center.

The 4-H Teaching Garden, a joint project of the UNH Cooperative Extension and the Audubon Center, is used to give young people a better understanding of agriculture and appreciation for nature.

In addition some of the crops grown in the Teaching Garden help others, young and old, across greater Manchester and the state.

Tracy Morley, the garden manager, says vegetables grown in the garden are donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank, while some of the flowers and herbs grown there are used in the Elders on the Grow program at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home.

Second-graders from Manchester’s Beech Street School helped plant this year’s garden back in May.

Kids in Audubon’s WildSide Day Camp spend time in the garden as part of their regular program. And series of garden workshops for children ages 5-12 concludes with two sessions in August. On Thursday, Aug. 7, the subject will be “Friends and Foes in the Garden,” and on Aug. 21 it’s “Destination Pollination.”

Space is still available in both sessions, which run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There is no fee, but a donation of $5 is suggested. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.

For more information, contact Morley at or 801-2863.
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