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Archive for August, 2012

Look what found their way to the school garden site this week!

Two rain barrels, donated by Barb Burrill, Captain of John Stanford International School’s Green Team.

And a worm bin found on Freecycle.

Starbucks gave us some yummy spent coffee grounds to give the worms something to eat. Beth in the office had some shredded paper to contribute. Kimberly hand-selected some choice red wrigglers from her backyard worm bin.

Bet you can’t wait to learn about the life cycle of a worm!

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Our lunchroom composting program is reaping yet more benefits! Cedar Grove, which collects and composts our lunchroom food waste, is returning our food to us in the form of finished soil. We are going to be able to grow some good stuff with this!

Many thanks to Cedar Grove for agreeing to supply us with soil, even though they had to make an exception in order to help us out. As you can see in the certificate, they have to “sell” us the compost because they have already maxed out on their annual donations. But they love to support schools that compost, so they figured out a way around it for us!

Also, many thanks to Grace Hensley for procuring this donation!

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This was our first view when we arrived to start spreading the wood-chips at our new school garden:

chained gates

Yikes!

But, of course, our intrepid volunteers found a way:

Over the gates

Over

Under the gates

Under

Through the Gates

And through

With 5 parents and 6 kid volunteers, we laid cardboard to suppress the weeds, and spread nearly 20 yards of arborist chips. The garden is starting to take shape!  A second work party on August 10th flattened the remaining pile, and completed the berms in the Native Garden.  In our final prep-party in September, we’ll construct the raised beds, fill them with soil and flatten the final chip-pile.  We’ll have some craft activities for the kids, too.  Details to follow soon.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Piles of cardboard

Piles of cardboard

Hoisting the wheelbarrow

Hoisting the wheelbarrow

Chips around the Big Rock

Chips around the Big Rock

Chips in the Native Area

Chips in the Native Area

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