a The Learning Garden: September 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Garlic Power!

Dear good friends of the garden, 

In early October KLO Middle school visited the Learning Garden.

Student teachers practiced progressive middle school ed through environmental learning. Go Scott!

The day was fun-filled.

Students dug deep....

Plotted the new garden beds....

...and carefully planted garlic.

Level that soil.

We gathered at the Okanagan First Nations Firepit

...and listened as Mike Marchand told the story of carving the salmon (7 years ago now).

Students explored the pine forest, bonded with pine cones...

Then collected rocks for a future Mystery Project....


Love rocks...

 Sarah brought an ancient Mystery Rock....yes that is fossilised dinosaur dung.

Students explored the pond.

This post is dedicated to previous middle school cohorts....with thanks for saving this little patch of forest.

Thank you, teachers...

...and driver.

In Solidarity!

See you next time.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Learning Garden Rise and Fall...and..Rise?

Dear Good Friends of the Garden,

I returned from a study sabbatical in London, England to find a few surprises in the garden...

The original boxes were gone/bulldozed...

...to install a new geothermal system (the green posts) that will heat/cool the Education building.

The blasted noise issue (emitted from the sustainable hot air sucker, also at the Ed building) has been dealt with (mostly). 

We can hear each other better now.

The Pond is still there.

As is The First Nations Fire-pit.

From this base, we will begin again...with more indigenous plant species, more learning about how to grow food in a drought region, and more visits from local school students. 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed their support to the garden over the past seven years, in so many ways.

Thank you to yet another good, kind, adventurous middle school teacher education cohort 2013-14, more wonder awaits.

Since we first started the Learning Garden in 2006, more, and more serious issues affecting environmental systems have arisen. Talked about much more openly in the UK and Europe. In Canada, Neil Young speaks. 

And the garden rises...

More soon.