Posted: 30/08/2014 at 08:52
Hi Guys! Prompted by Bekkie over on the "Hello Forkers" thread I'm starting a new topic here following my comment below:
I'm organising a 1940s weekend over Easter at the museum and wondering whether I could link in my other (currently neglected) hobby a little by having a dig for victory area and giving the younger visitors a taste of it by handing out pumpkin or sunflower seeds to pot up on the day (providing I can find a nice company to donate some mud, seeds and little starter pots as my budget is non existent - although I shall be finding somewhere around here that's doing pumpkin carving and asking if I can help clean up to get the seeds!) to then have a small competition as to who can grow the tallest / biggest? If I can find space we could grow some at the museum (with emergency spares at home) to join in ourselves and feature it throughout the year.
And out comes my begging bowl. I've mentioned my budget is non existent - truth be told there is no budget, we don't even have the funds to pay my wages so my job isn't even secure long term (I've worked August for free) and I'm bringing in my own paper for the printer so I can keep on working. The museum isn't in trouble this is just how tight finances are for places like us that don't receive regular financial support from the government or companies. You'd be amazed how furiously even established grand museums local to you are paddling to keep their heads above water - don't be surprised to see volunteers when you visit places quietly turning lights off to save a few pennies!
So - if anyone has any sunflower heads they think the birds can spare, any juicy pumpkins they'll be gutting and not using all the seeds for next year, or know anyone in the soil company who can spare a few bags of compost and maybe some pots (although I'm thinking we could make paper pots from newspapers) I'd be really grateful for a friendly pm offering them to this event! Hopefully we can spark some interest and get a few more families into gardening and get more people in our hobby.