(Click on image for larger format)Cedar Tree Performers 4-H gardening club in Port Hadlock, Washington - led by Linda Gately, 4-H club leader - has distinguished itself not only as a vital educational program for young children, but as a research-based partner with university agricultural researchers. This group of youth have volunteered on multiple projects to grow seeds and plants in the micro-climate of their neighborhood to give researchers more information about the resiliency and response of certain plants and seed populations.
Cedartree Performers' garden is located at the Cedarbrook Seventh Day Adventist School and Daycare. These youth grow edible plants of all kinds including weeds, flowers, vegetables and fruit. The garden is completely cultivated by the 4-H'ers with heavy soil prep work help from adults. Many varieties are trialed for taste approval by kids and resistance to disease because it is an organic garden. Science, math, geography, history, and Latin are all integrated into the garden experience. There has been an ongoing Haskap berry trial to help Professor Maxine Thompson from Oregon State University with her research.
Their annual spring plant sale provides needed funds for the garden, foods, sewing
and other 4-H projects that the Cedartree Performers pursue.