Worker Bee Party coming soon!

Come help support our garden at our annual worker been party this

Saturday, March 2, 2019 starting at 9:00 am.

The focus for our party will be on spreading gravel in the walkways of our garden. Come for as little or as long as you are able. All help is appreciated and needed!

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Organic Compost Drive and Worker Bee Party Dates Announced!

It’s that time of year again! the compost drive and worker bee party are upon us! Please consider supporting the garden by donating Organic Compost or your time as we prepare the garden for the upcoming Spring Season.

Organic Compost Drive

Week of February 11-15

If you would like to donate – we are in need of ORGANIC COMPOST in the garden. Please consider donating a bag or two. Bags of Organic Compost can be found at your local Garden Center and it is necessary to maintain the garden beds. Compost keeps our plants healthy and thriving. If you would like to donate compost to the garden please drop off bags the week of February 11-15. Simply place your bag inside the garden gate under the table. Donations are so appreciated!

Worker Bee Party

March 2 – 9:00am-12:00 pm

Save the date! Come join us and help us care for the garden as we anticipate the Spring season. We will be distributing gravel on the paths throughout the garden and cleaning up the garden as we prepare for the coming season. Everyones help is appreciated!

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Learning in the Garden

School is in full swing and the students are already back in the garden! The garden is such an important part of learning at CRA and is just one example of how the project based curriculum is implemented. It offers them real-world projects through which they develop and apply skills and knowledge. It promotes environmental awareness and stewardship for the world in which they live. It additionally provides opportunities for the students to be empowered and develop skills that will lead them to be successful today and in the years ahead.

Interested in learning more about the CRA Discover Garden and how you can help? Come join us Wednesday, September 26, 11:30-12:30 for the next Garden Volunteers Meeting followed by “Lunch on the lawn” at 12:30. Be a part of this amazing experience for the children!

 

Composting, Rain Barrels & Sails, Oh My!

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. — Alfred Austin

It has been roughly a month since the last blog post and oh what a month it has been! The end of April brought us the start of composting at CRA. Two new compost bins were installed in the garden and students began their efforts collecting food scraps on campus and adding them to the bins. We will be making our own soil!

Rain barrels have been installed and the middle schoolers are working hard using their project based learning skills to get the water from the rain barrels to the garden in order to provide much needed water to the garden and the plants within it.

And thanks to the many families that save their box tops! Their efforts raised over $1100 for the sails that were installed in the garden last week! These sails will provide much needed shade in our learning garden. Also thanks to the members of the garden committee that came out on a Saturday to see that they were installed!

And last but not least…the garden has exploded with growth in the last month! The garden is giving the students the opportunity to connect with the natural environment, improves the attitudes towards fruits and vegetables, provides real life problem solving opportunities, the chance to learn about key science concepts, and additionally gives the students another forum in which to learn and practice math skills. What an amazing teacher the garden is for our students!

Transformations

Spring is a time for many transformations, the temperature begins to rise, trees that lost their leaves during the winter begin to blossom and grow, the hours of daylight increase and the days get longer. Transformations can be seen in the CRA Discover Garden as well. The planter boxes are being switched out, seedlings are sprouting in the green house, the students are learning and growing as much as the plants they tend. What a glorious time to be a part of the CRA Discover Garden!
On behalf of the CRA Community we would like to express gratitude to the following  individuals and families:
Thank you to the
Hersons for donating the materials for the new wood planting beds
McDermots for buying the plants for planting
Haydens for donating time and resources to improve the garden irrigation
Tina Kachini for creating whimsical garden signage
Lyndsey McCraw for leading our parent team of volunteers this year
Cynthia Price for sharing her knowledge and passion
It takes a village.
Pictures from the “Worker Bee Day”
Greenhouse Seedlings
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The new wooden raised beds
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