Gardening Club Blooms to Life with New Members

Gardening Club prepares the terrain for new plants on the way on Wednesday’s after school meeting. September 25, 2019

Flavio Hernandez

Gardening Club prepares the terrain for new plants on the way on Wednesday’s after school meeting. September 25, 2019

Flavio Hernandez and Jorge Velasco

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The Gardening Club, one of Godinez Fundamental High School’s newer organized clubs, has made its return with lots of improvements. 

Hosted every Wednesday after school in the garden center, between Eric Manntai and Ann Maclean’s classrooms, from 3 p.m to 4 p.m; the club’s current goal is to beautify the garden. The club is led by, Joe Marroquin, the site coordinator at Godinez. 

Mr. Joe states that his reason for the opening of the gardening club is to revive the garden that was once there, and also having a place where students and teachers can help each other throughout the journey.

Since its opening on September 4, 2019, students have made progress by planting vegetables including: lettuce, carrots, basil, and onions. They have also gained experience in the usage of farming tools like: hand forks, trowel, hoes, and fertilizers to help the expansion of their garden.

Jorge Velasco
Newly-planted basil seed begins to bloom with life after a week. September 25, 2019

“So far, I really enjoy the club, as it’s been a fun experience learning tips about gardening, which I can use as a reference when remodeling my garden at home,” stated senior Jackelin Hernandez. She has been a member of the Gardening Club since the first day it started.

Senior Larry Lozano also agreed with Hernandez’s statement, “I really enjoy learning tips about gardening, but what amazed me was that we get community service hours which to me, is like double the reward for doing something we like,” stated Lozano. 

The Club is hosted every Wednesday after school, so if you’re interested in joining a club as a pastime or just want to learn a new hobby, stop by the garden center located between Manntai and Maclean’s classrooms. 

Marroquin said there are no plans for the vegetables and herbs that continue to grow. But he said, “it’s their plants, so they can choose what they want to do with them.” Once the harvest is ready, club members can start making plans for dinner.