GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis in Bloom invites families to take part in its annual “Organic Fun Day” in Haskins Park at the shelter house Saturday.
The event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is part of efforts to encourage families to take part in organic gardening and farming.
“We have educational segments on soil and water composition to teach,” said GIB volunteer coordinator Kim Canaday. “We are going to actually be planting some vegetable seeds. We’re going to have discussions on how to prevent soil erosion and how to plant seeds organically without chemicals and fertilizers of any kind.”
Canaday said the Gallia Soil and Water District would also attend the function and be bringing a rain barrel to demonstrate the object’s function. A rain barrel kit will be given away as part of the event’s actions.
“It’s to show how (rain barrels) can help a garden, saving water,” Canaday said. “That’s what we’re trying to do here — keep kids out of chemicals and pesticides and hopefully interest them in gardening and try and bleed that over onto the parents. We had a fun time last year.”
Canaday said games would be played at the event.
“We’ll be having a thing called the mystery box, which is a lot of fun,” Canaday said. “It’s a big box and the kids have to put their hands in it and grab and object. Before they bring their hand out, they have to guess what kind of fruit or vegetable it is. If they are correct, they get a prize.”
Canaday said healthy snacks would be provided at the function in an attempt to get children introduced to produce they may have not eaten before. Canaday recalled one 8-year-old boy had never eaten a cucumber before and was excited to try it. He came back three separate times to ask for more cucumbers.
Children will also have the potential to engage in creating crafts. Refrigerator bug and butterfly magnets will be some of the objects made.
Canaday said the event is free and adults as well as children are welcome to attend. Both will have the opportunity to plant as well as take plants home.
“It’s just about spreading the good word about organic planting techniques and show people they can have fun growing healthy food,” Canaday said.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.