The petals themselves -- including blossoms of larkspur and Johnny-jump-ups
, daisies and verbena, wild rose and sunflower -- are purchased from local gardeners in Richfield and a contract grower in Chandler, Ariz.
We raced two blocks to an abandoned house where a front yard had just been attacked and overtaken by wild violets, by Johnny-jump-ups
The youngsters each filled two six-packs with fertilized potting soil, then planted seeds in each container, watered them and inserted identifying markers to label them as tomatoes, lettuce, Johnny-jump-ups
, cosmos, marigolds and sweet peas - all under the eye of Tina Rovito Bemis, co-owner of Bemis Farms.
Go nose-to-nose with goats and their babies in the pasture, inhale the fresh sweetness as you milk a goat, and watch artisans decorate a cheese button with Johnny-jump-ups
and calendula petals from the garden.