The Seymour Osman Community Center is the family education and recreation center for residents of the Dover Housing Authority complex. The Center serves all the children and families of the DHA community with year round programs and activities for all ages.
Since 2001, we have provided four dedicated on site raised bed gardens with weekly summer educational programs for kids in all aspects of gardening.
The gardening program is an adjunct part of the summer camp run by the SOCC staff and America Corps volunteers. Kids choose to participate in the gardening program, and it is always well attended. This year we anticipate working with 15 children.
The children do not have space at their homes for individual gardens so we provide a variety of annuals for containers. The kids design their own miniature garden and care for them at home.
Our weekly on site lessons include talking about the parts of plants, composting, beneficial insects and other relevant topics. There is a kitchen at the Center, and our final day includes a harvest celebration which is always great fun.
With the financial backing of SCMGA and a core group of Master Gardeners who have participated for many years, Kathy T., Mary Lou C., Linda S., Genie R., Kerry R., and myself, we freely invest our time every week in educating the future gardeners of tomorrow.
Submitted by: Noreen G., MG since 2001
Submitted by: Debby B., MG since 2010
As we enjoy the warm temperatures and gardening opportunities the month of July provides, here are three gardening links that might capture your interest. You can click on the title of the post or the photo.
Happy gardening. 😎
Submitted by: Jon B., MG since 1996
Master Gardeners are afforded the opportunity to work on a wide variety of county projects with our residents. On this project, two of our residents were handsome, really big, and four-legged.
The Dover Police Mounted Patrol is a partnership between Officer Caproni and Rasa a black Percheron weighing 1600 pounds and standing 16.3 hands tall and Officer Murch and CJ a Belgian standing 17.2 hands tall and weighing in at 1,800 pounds.
They patrol our neighborhoods, backup other police needs, work crowd control, reach out to our residents, and are wonderful goodwill ambassadors for our town. They are one of only three mounted patrols in the state of New Hampshire.
Currently, the Dover Police Mounted Patrol does not receive tax funding and relies on our community for funds and volunteers.
They provided the perfect containers which were stock tanks that were leaking but worked well for planters that need good drainage.
Two Strafford County Master Gardeners provided the gardening power to fill the containers with a nice loam and compost mix and plantings that included perennials and red, white and blue petunias. All plants were labeled for visitors’ education.
Community projects come in all shapes and sizes. This was a small project for a couple of big customers.
Submitted by: Judy V., MG since 2007
Second and Third photo credit goes to Friends of Dover Police Mounted Patrol.