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Future Farmer?

Summer Garden Lab provides opportunity to explore


Andrew Wormely has wanted a garden since he was in second grade.

A young boy observing a sunflower.This summer, the fourth grader from Gower West Elementary School got his wish when his mom signed him and his sister up for the library’s weekly Garden Lab program.

Students in the program helped to maintain the Prairie Patch while exploring natural science concepts.

“I liked seeing everything start growing from a little seed, then get really big,” said Andrew, who thinks he might want to be a farmer someday.

“I want to grow stuff when I grow up, but I have other things I like too, like basketball,” he said, keeping his career options open.

A young boy proudly showing garden plants.Andrew and his family now garden at home as well, growing cucumbers, collard greens, and strawberries in containers on their patio.

“We were all interested in gardening, and now we can do it together as a family,” said Nicole Darling, Andrew’s mom.

It’s just another example of how Indian Prairie Public Library is a great place to “explore, connect, and be inspired.”

To learn more about the Prairie Patch and our partnership with Good Worx, click here.