Kids learn about gardening

Master Gardener Kathi Sheibner, in back, with Jade Schneider, Seth Crofcheck, Khloe Crofcheck, Amy Crofcheck, Gemma Gooch, Lexi Palmquist, May Hinderer and Liam Borders. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)


By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Master Gardener Kathi Sheibner of Wenatchee presented the afternoon A.T.L.A.S. (At The Library After School) program March 26 at the Waterville Library.

Several students and adults participated in the program and made seed tapes to be planted in Waterville’s community garden later this spring. Seed tapes are made by gluing seeds onto paper, evenly spaced. When planted, the paper acts as compost for the seeds to flourish.

Sheibner has been a Master Gardener in the Wenatchee area for nine years. She has worked mostly with children although she has also worked with some adults groups, too. Her passion is to instill an interest in gardening with children while they are young enough so it will be an important part of their lives for years to come.

In her program, Sheibner talks about the importance of composting and shows the students how to develop their own compost. She even has her own indoor worm compost that she takes with her to presentations on occasion.

All of the participants were excited to make their seed tapes to be planted when the weather is warmer. Waterville librarian Amy Larsen is looking forward to taking the students out to the community garden later in the spring to help them plant their seeds.

For more information about the afterschool programs at the library, call 745-8354 or stop in and pick up an A.T.L.A.S. brochure. Information is also available at