Online Activities: Garden Update


Monday, July 19, 2021
Join Teacher Abby for an update on what’s growing on in the Sunflower Hill Garden! Mid-summer brings an abundance of flowers, fruits, and veggies to harvest – a fun task for our program participants and volunteers. Teacher Abby measures our tallest sunflower plant – how tall do you think it is? Watch and then share with us: what’s the tallest plant you can find growing in your garden or yard?


Monday, June 28, 2021
Join Teacher Abby for a “bloomin’ June” garden update! See the fields of lavender, sunflowers, and snapdragons, the first zinnia of the season, and our program participants preparing flower bouquets for donation to local non-profits. Then share with us what flowers are blooming where you live?


Monday, June 14, 2021
With the recent warm weather there have been a lot of changes going on in the Sunflower Hill Garden! Join Farmer Andrea and Shadow as they share a new Garden Update! See what’s growing, what’s being harvested, and get a sneak peak at the produce boxes we will have for sale this summer. Then share with us what changes you’ve been seeing outside in your neighborhood.


Monday, May 24, 2021
Join Farmer Andrea and Shadow for a new Sunflower Hill Garden Update! See what’s growing in the garden and learn how our garden volunteers sift our compost. Are you working on a summer garden project? Let us know!


Monday, May 10, 2021
Join Farmer Andrea for a new Sunflower Hill Garden Update! See what’s growing in the garden and learn about the different vitamins and minerals in some of the plants and herbs we grow. Then share with us: what’s your favorite veggie and favorite way to eat it?


Monday, April 26, 2021
In honor of Earth Day last week, Farmer Andrea highlights a few different ways we receive help in the Sunflower Hill Garden. Watch the video and then let us know in the comments section: have you done anything helpful for the Earth or someone you know recently?


Monday, April 12, 2021
Join Farmer Andrea as she shares an update on some of the vibrant colors she found recently in the Sunflower Hill Garden! Watch the video and then let us know in the comments section what colors you are noticing most this spring?


Monday, March 22, 2021
Join Farmer Andrea in the Sunflower Hill Garden for an update on what’s been growing in the fields and in the greenhouse! Watch the video and then let us know in the comments section what your favorite flower is and what you’re curious about!


Monday, March 8, 2021
Join Farmer Andrea in the Sunflower Hill Garden for an update on what summer crops have been started in the greenhouse and what’s happening with our cover crops! Get a lesson in stretching from Shadow and then let us know in the video comments section if there’s something in the Garden that you’re curious about!


Monday, February 22, 2021
Join Teacher Abby and Farmer Andrea as they check for signs of spring in the Sunflower Hill Garden! See what plants are growing, what’s ready to harvest, and watch as Shadow and Farmer Andrea tour and describe what goes on in the greenhouse. Then share with us: have you seen any trees blooming where you live?


Monday, February 8, 2021
Teacher Abby and Shadow are back for an update on what’s been growing on in the Sunflower Hill Garden. Watch Shadow as she helps in the greenhouse, then see what’s ready to harvest, and the many different birds that visit the garden. Have you been noticing birds where you live? Share with us what kind you’ve seen!


Monday, January 25, 2021
Join Teacher Abby as she shares what’s growing on in the Sunflower Hill Garden! See how big the baby arugula sprouts have grown, which winter veggies are being harvested for donation, and Teacher Abby’s new friend helping her prune the fruit trees. Then share with us: have you tasted a kumquat? Did you like it?


Monday, January 11, 2021
Join Teacher Abby for the first Sunflower Hill Garden update of 2021! See what’s been growing, what’s ready for harvesting, and a surprise visitor to the Garden. Watch the video and then share with us something that you’re looking forward to this year.


Monday, January 4, 2021
While Farmer Caitlin and Teacher Abby enjoyed a few days off over the holidays, Sunflower Hill Executive Director, Edie spent some time in the garden to create this Garden Update and Creative Writing Activity. Using six words or less and your imagination, tell a story or describe the garden pictures in the video. We hope you will share your creative stories with us.


Monday, December 28, 2020
As the year draws to a close, join Farmer Caitlin and Teacher Abby as they recap special moments in the garden during 2020. Remember the tomato jungle, giant kale trees, brilliant zinnia rows, and Shadow helping harvest? Watch the video and then share with us your favorite Garden Update moment form 2020.


Monday, December 21, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden on a crisp morning as she checks in with what’s been growing this past week. From crops that are nearly ready for harvesting, to cover crops that have started to peek out of the soil, to a sweet surprise in the sensory garden – the Garden is a busy place! Watch the video and then share with us something you’re grateful for this week.


Monday, December 14, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin and Teacher Abby in the Sunflower Hill Garden as they plant new rows of fava beans and check on some that were planted last month. See what else they planted, what was harvested, and who helped them plant snow peas! Then share with us your favorite green vegetable.


Monday, December 7, 2020
Farmer Caitlin is back in the Sunflower Hill Garden with an update on what’s growing and how the first clementine of the season tastes! Join her to see what’s sprouting in the greenhouse and out in the fields, what our program participants accomplished last week, and more. As fall closes out and winter approaches, share with us what you’re looking forward to this winter?


Monday, November 30, 2020
This week, join Teacher Abby and Shadow as they share with us an update on what’s growing on in the Sunflower Hill Garden! See how big the bok choy, Chinese cabbage, and broccoli plants are getting, what’s ready to harvest, and what bird is enjoying the bean plants. Do you enjoy birdwatching? What birds have you seen lately?


Monday, November 23, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden as she and Shadow enjoy the first good rain of the season! See what our program participants planted last week, what’s been growing, and what’s almost ready for harvesting. Then share with us something you like to do when it’s raining.


Monday, November 16, 2020
Fall is a great time for cleaning, pruning, and planting in the Sunflower Hill Garden! Join Farmer Caitlin as she shows us what’s being planted, what’s growing, what got pruned and what annual clean-out project got completed this week. Then share with us something that gives you joy!


Monday, November 9, 2020
With cool weather officially here, Farmer Caitlin shares an update on all of the fall and winter-loving plants – and some of the critters who find them tasty! From new plantings of chard, radish, and turnips to our first fall kale harvest, there’s a lot going on in the Sunflower Hill Garden! This week, share with us something fuzzy you find in nature!


Monday, November 2, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin, Teacher Abby, and Shadow, the cat as they harvest our orange and white mini pumpkins! Can you guess how many of each kind they harvested? See which fall and winter crops are growing and getting ready to be planted. Then share with us what food makes you think of wintertime?


Monday, October 26, 2020
Farmer Caitlin is in the Sunflower Hill Garden with an update on new fall plantings and the crops that have already been planted and are getting bigger every day! This week she and a few of our program participants also weighed our two largest pumpkins. Did you make a guess as to how much they weighed? Watch the video and let us know how close your guess was? Then let us know how you’re celebrating Halloween this year!


Monday, October 19, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden as we say goodbye to our summer crops, and she and Teacher Abby welcome back our program participants who helped harvest a variety of gourds last week. Then visit our new and improved Sensory Garden; thanks to our amazing volunteers, Gabby and Taylor, who created signs and a large cabinet to make this space truly unique! Then share with us how much you think our biggest giant pumpkins weigh?


Monday, October 12, 2020
As our summer crops wind down, Farmer Caitlin shows us some of the fall crops that are being planted in the Sunflower Hill Garden. Join her for a winter squash mystery, an update on our pumpkins, and a special bug sighting. Then share with us: do you find bugs cool or a little creepy? And if you like bugs, what’s your favorite?


Monday, October 5, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden for an update on which summer crops are finishing up, which fall crops are ready for planting, some giant kale plants, and a pre-Halloween visit from Shadow, the cat! Then share with us your favorite Halloween costume or what you plan to dress up as this year.


Monday, September 28, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin as she harvests the first pumpkin of the season! See what else is growing and being harvested at the Sunflower Hill Garden and how Shadow, the cat is staying cool. Then share with us your best tips on staying cool during these hot, fall days.


Monday, September 21, 2020
It was a busy, but beautiful week at the Sunflower Hill Garden! Join Farmer Caitlin for an update on what’s growing and being harvested, some funny shaped fruit, and a visit from Shadow, the cat! Watch the video and then share with us your favorite stretch to do after working hard.


Monday, September 14, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin as she finds more heart shapes in the Sunflower Hill Garden, and harvests the first melon of the summer! Get an update on what’s growing, our new bean trellis, and a new friend that she found in the bean box this week. Then share with us something heart-shaped that you can find near you.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020
It’s fall planting time! Join Farmer Caitlin and Teacher Abby as they begin planting fall seedlings, check in on Shadow the cat, see how much the giant pumpkins have grown, and find a “C” shaped tomato! Watch the video to see who’s been dining on the beans on our bean plants, and then share with us a delicious meal you had last week.


Monday, August 31, 2020
Butterflies, bees, and heart-shaped tomatoes! Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden for a peak at just a few of the fun and diverse plants that are growing and being harvested now. Then share with us which fruit you would rather eat: sweet fruit or sour fruit?


Monday, August 24, 2020
The Sunflower Hill Garden is beginning to show signs of Fall! Join Farmer Caitlin to see what Fall plants are sprouting, what’s being harvested, and what our giant sunflowers look like now. Then share with us something you’re looking forward to for this fall!


Monday, August 17, 2020
It was a busy week in the Garden! Farmer Caitlin, Teacher Abby and Shadow, the cat were busy harvesting and even helped an injured butterfly! Join us to see seedlings that have sprouted, a rainbow of harvested tomatoes, and more! Then share with us a time you helped someone else this week!


Monday, August 10, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin, and Shadow the Cat, as we see what’s growing at the garden this week. Seeds are becoming plants in the greenhouse and in the ground overnight! We continue to harvest produce for our nonprofit partners and have found that some produce is growing in fun and unexpected shapes. What’s something that was different than what you expected?


Friday, August 7, 2020
We’re so pleased to partner with Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan for her Summer Activity Series! Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden and Asm. Bauer-Kahan in her own backyard garden for a tour and cooking demo on making a healthy, garden snack! Thank you, Asm. Bauer-Kahan for sharing your beautiful backyard garden with us – we’re so grateful for your support of Sunflower Hill!


Monday, August 3, 2020
There’s so much growing in the garden and so much to explore! Join Farmer Caitlin and see what feels velvety and soft in the garden, what Teacher Abby finds hanging around the trellis, and what makes both Farmer Caitlin and Teacher Abby laugh. Tell us what made you laugh this week!


Monday, July 27, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden as she and Teacher Abby harvest fruits, vegetables, and flowers! Even Shadow the cat tries to help harvest this week! Then share with us your favorite summer vegetable and how you like to eat it!


Monday, July 20, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden as she discovers blooming sunflowers, gourds, melons, and more! Then share with us your favorite garden sound. Tag Sunflower Hill and #SFHActivities


Monday, July 13, 2020
The Sunflower Hill Garden is bursting with fruits and veggies! Join Farmer Caitlin as she discovers a happy surprise in the Garden. Then share with us something you experienced or saw last week that was a happy surprise. Tag Sunflower Hill and #SFHActivities


Monday, July 6, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden for an update on our giant Sunflower! How tall has it grown, and what fruits and veggies are ready to harvest? Watch the video, then share with us on social media a picture of the tallest plant you can find – what is it and how tall is it?


Monday, June 29, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden to see how big our first sunflower has grown and what’s ready to be harvested! Watch today’s video and then try a fruit or vegetable that you think looks cool or interesting. Take a picture and share with us what you try!


Monday, June 22, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden on a beautiful summer day, as she shows off all of the fruits and vegetables being harvested, and tells us what she’s grateful for. Watch the video and then let us know on social media what you’re grateful for!


Monday, June 15, 2020
Farmer Caitlin is in the Sunflower Hill Garden working hard to harvest delicious fruits and veggies, and getting ready for the Sun’s OUT Fun’s OUT Virtual Fun Run, which begins this Friday! Watch today’s video and then share with us where you walk and how far you go. Then be sure to signup for the Sun’s OUT Fun’s OUT Virtual Fun Run


Monday, June 8, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden to see how tall the Sunflower plant has grown, what’s growing in the greenhouse, and what Shadow has been up to. Then join today’s challenge: find something purple outside! Use hashtag #SFHActivities and tag Sunflower Hill.


Monday, June 1, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden for an update on what’s growing and being harvested. From giant, dinosaur sized chard leaves to sunflowers that are taller than Teacher Abby, the Garden is bursting with activity! Join today’s challenge and let us know what pollinators you find in your backyard! Use hashtag #SFHActivities and tag Sunflower Hill.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden for an update on the berries, cherries, and even the first tomato being harvested! Watch the video, then share with us your favorite summer fruit! Use hashtag #SFHActivities and tag Sunflower Hill.


Monday, May 18, 2020
Today’s Online Activity: Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden and see what’s blooming and what’s ready to harvest! Then find something red in nature near you and share a picture with us! Use hashtag #SFHActivities and tag Sunflower Hill.


Monday, May 11, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin in the Sunflower Hill Garden and see what’s blooming and what’s ready to harvest! Then share with us on social media a picture of your favorite flower! Use hashtag #SFHActivities and tag Sunflower Hill.


Monday, May 4, 2020
Join Farmer Caitlin as she explores the Sunflower Hill Garden. See what’s growing, being harvested, and take a peak at a few new additions! Then observe what animals you can see in your neighborhood. Take a picture, and then share with us on social media what kind you find! Use hashtag #SFHActivities and tag Sunflower Hill.


Monday, April 27, 2020
Farmer Caitlin is in the Garden with an update! See what’s growing, being planted, and harvested. Then join today’s activity: find a fruit tree near you, take a picture and share it with us on social media! Don’t forget to use hashtag #SFHActivities and tag Sunflower Hill!


Monday, April 20, 2020
Join Teacher Abby in the Sunflower Hill Garden for an update on what’s been growing, and then take our poll: do you like the taste of cilantro? Cast your vote on our Facebook page and let us know!


Monday, April 13, 2020
Join Teacher Abby in the Garden for an update on what’s been growing! There were a lot of mushrooms in the garden this week after all the rain. Let us know if you’ve seen mushrooms where you live!


Monday, April 6, 2020
Farmer Caitlin is in the Garden with an update! It was a busy week of planting at the Sunflower Hill Garden! Check out the video to see what got planted, what Shadow the cat is up to, and for today’s activity: share your favorite garden scent! Be sure to share with us your favorite flower, herb, or other plants to smell in your backyard or out here in the garden!


Monday, March 30, 2020
Sunflower Hill Online Activity for Monday: Teacher Abby is back in the Garden with an update on last week’s harvest, new plantings, and a special surprise! Spring in the Garden is in full bloom! What signs of spring do you see – draw or take a picture and share with us!


Monday, March 23, 2020
Join Teacher Abby in the Garden for an update on what’s growing, what’s ready to harvest, and of course a check-in with Shadow, the cat! Teacher Abby will also have a fun ladybug activity to share!

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