Youthworks

Hello All,

My coming to Digital Harbor , I wanted to add some color and life to the mechanical and brick filled city area that DHF is located in. As a Cultivation Specialist I have accomplished my goal. Me and my fellow Cultivation Specialist Faajah, have created several planters, two of which are self watering.

During the first weeks of working here, we had planted seedlings. Seedlings ranging from broccoli, to squash, to tomatoes. With the heavy rains the small seedlings didn’t stand a chance. We had tried to save them multiple times, draining them and letting them sit out to dry. Though eventually, only a few of them survived. However, we did not let that stop us. Instead we learned from our mistakes and created a step planter to place the seedlings on and added a cover. This time, we planted Alaskan peas, Lettuce, and cherry tomatoes. For housing those seeds, when ready to plant them, we created a planter.
When creating the planter we took into consideration which of our seedlings would work well together in the planter. Finally deciding on placing the peas and lettuce as the two plants going into the planter, we got to painting. Wanting to keep the Digital Harbor colors, we chose blue and white, but to wanting to add variety added purple as well. Once all the planks were painted, it was assembled. We added 4 planks to each side, drilled the lattice in, lined it, and the planter was built. Now the beautiful planter, adorning the baby pea plants, adds a pop of color to the courtyard in front of DHF. I feel that this will benefit DHF in multiple ways. This will give DHF some snacks during fall season, but also create a topic of interest for people who walk by it.

We have also created self watering planters for our surviving squash plants. We used two methods. One used a bottle that the plant will end up growing into. The other used 2 buckets and the water reservoir was on the very bottom of the container. Staff and youth will continue to monitor these plants as youthworks comes to a close. This will also produce food that will benefit DHF and will still add greenery around DHF without too much hassle.

Our one main struggle was creating working bird feeders. Even now, both of the bird feeders we have created attracted little to no birds. Our first prototype was a mesh cone, similar in shape to a waffle cone. Even after a few weeks of monitoring the feeder it seemed untouched. We tried again with a bottle feeder and that once again kept failing and was unsuccessful. Knowing we did not have enough time to build another, we gave up and focused more onto the plants.

Overall, this summer as a youthworks employee has been a blast, and I had developed skills that I had not delved into before. I will definitely come back to work again!

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