While most of my posts are about crafts, gardening is another awesome activity for teens. This summer I will be leading a gardening program in collaboration with the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, which has a branch on the outskirts of town. Today we had our first gardening experience; we planted pumpkin seeds with the Children’s Department. First, we listened to a story about how pumpkins grow. Then we met the extension agent who taught us how to plant the seeds. There are many benefits to learning about gardening, one of them being the opportunity to see how our food is grown and develop an interest in the environment.