Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sudbury School Conference

George, Munchitrot, Dar6win, Sego Lily Mama and Catiantha attended the Sudbury School Conference at the Fairhaven School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in June. We learned a lot, met amazing people and felt the support of others making a difference in education.  


Sego Lily Mama gave a great speech on "Why Starting a Sudbury School is a Bad Idea and 10 Reasons You Should Do it Anyway" 

We want to thank Fairhaven School for opening their beautiful campus to us and teaching us the fine art of eating Maryland blue crab! And we also want to thank all of those that shared their thoughts and experiences with us.  It was such an inspiration!

Cherry Picking With Munchitrot

 Munchitrot stopped in to visit for a few days and Batman and Cocoa the Destroyer had a blast with her picking cherries and eating their fill!  There are quite a few fruit trees on our school property.  The cooking corporation uses the apples to make apple pies in the fall :)




Cuties!





Must have been a sour one!

We miss you Munchitrot!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Compost!!!



Who ever knew that rotten food could be so exciting?!?

Sending a big thank you to EcoScraps for giving us such a generous deal on 10 cubic yards of compost. We're very happy to be using EcoScraps for a number of reasons:
  1. Very good quality compost - Plants grow better in EcoScraps compost than in soil using chemical fertilizers.
  2. No need to use chemical fertilizers - Yuck. Who wants to eat petroleum?
  3. Local company - EcoScraps was started by a couple of students in Utah.
  4. Sustainability - Last (but not least), EcoScraps uses food waste from restaurants and grocery stores to produce their compost. This business model saves a valuable resource from going to the landfill and provides an economic incentive for all involved.
Very cool.

Thanks also to Wasatch Community Gardens for all of the valuable training and resources as well as the grant we used to buy the compost and the drip irrigation system (soon to come).

And of course... thanks to our students and parent volunteers for their hard work getting the compost spread out and leveled! We're one step closer to growing food!

EcoScraps delivering the compost

Gorilla Girl helps to spread it out

Cassandra and Cocoa The Destroyer declare victory!

Skippy and his father tilling the compost