Helping Scouts Garden


Austin, Texas-based Cub Scout Pack 535 spent weekends in June building three keyhole gardens at their home school of Kiker Elementary.

Enspire provided industrial quantities of ice and water to hydrate Pack 535 Scouts, family members, and workshop leaders during a capstone construction day that oscillated between sunny and rainy, but stayed consistently hot. Keyhole gardens are a variety of raised-bed garden, well suited to Central Texas’ semi-arid environment (see Enspire’s work with the Texas Colorado River Alliance). The gardens also have construction needs well-matched to Scouts who enjoyed hosing down cardboard, jumping up and down to compact mulch-able material into the beds, getting muddy, and planting vegetables.

Workshop planning was expertly spearheaded by Den Leader Rick Lusk, DVM and led by Dr. Deb Tolman. Partners Whole FoodsHome Depot, and the Kiker PTA  supplied funds, food, and tools. Texas Disposal Systems offered up surplus cardboard – two tons of it (!) – which was hauled to the site on a trailer graciously offered up by Sam Painovich.

The workshop was  filmed by a crew from Texas Country Reporter – a what’s-happening-around-Texas television staple since the early 1970’s – and will air as part of the show in early Fall 2015.