Saturday, May 19, 2012

Volunteer Days May 20 to 26, 2012

Thursday, May 24 from 8:30 to 10:30:  We'll finish putting up trellises for all of our vine plants, finish moving the rock pile outside of the garden fence and clean and repair the explosive fluids cabinet.

Friday, May 25 8:30 to 10:30:  We'll transplant chives and plant phacelia, echinacea and coreopsis seeds, and weed and feed as many flower beds as we can.
                          1:00 to 3:00:  We'll apply compost tea, fermented nettle and fish emulsion to the beds, and weed and feed as many leaf beds as we can.

 Trip Week

Third grade had a wonderful time visiting Minka Farm this week.  They helped with farm chores including feeding and watering the animals, collecting eggs, cleaning out barns, and caring for the plants.  They also got to wash, card, spin and weave wool, go boating on the pond, swing on the rope swing and help with meal preparation and clean up.  A good time was had by all!

Ninth grade went on a series of day trips ending with a single overnight this year.  They learned about passive solar technology at NC State and Duke, biofuel and sweet potatoes at Piedmont Biofarms, recycling water, organic farming and heritage breed chickens at Chatham County Community College, and working with wood by hand at Roy Underhill's Woodright Shop.  They finished off their week with an overnight at Pickard's Mountain where they spent time reflecting on all they experienced over the course of the week, learned a little about the current level of stress our planet is under, and tried to put into words what they felt they could take home from the whole experience.

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