Children Learn in Bangor Rooftop Garden 

The rooftop vegetable garden atop the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor is award-winning. Wednesday, the folks there shared their lessons on smart growing with an audience that’s still growing, themselves.”You can steam this part and eat it, but this is the beet.”From lessons on beets, to hands-on picking of cherry tomatoes.Children attending a summer camp at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor visited the rooftop garden at the Hammond Street Senior Center.”I learned that bees help the plants grow, and that’s a good thing,” says 7-year-old Lucy.The children learned the ins and outs of vegetable gardening from one of this garden’s very own tenders, Charlie Taylor.”We have onions, peppers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peas, beans, two different kinds of squash, cucumbers, potatoes– we got it all,” Taylor says.He says it’s important to teach children how they can grow their own food, no matter where they live, and help them understand why it’s smart to eat healthy.”I think it’s important later on in life. When they decide to maybe have a garden they’ll see what it’s like here and remember it,” Taylor says.It seems those lessons worked.”It’s really fun and I liked it,” says 8-year-old Braeden.”I think it’s really fun to garden,” Lucy says.At the end of the day, the kids even got a vegetable garden to call their own. Each of them received a seedling to take home.”I’m probably going to go and I’m probably going to plant it in my garden,” Braeden says.The kids told us it won’t be long before they’re all green-thumbs themselves.”I think,” Lucy says, “that they’re pretty cool.”