Monday, October 31, 2011
Happy Halloween, compost stew anyone?
It was great to be out in the garden with the kids again today after missing a week because of fall break. The kids must have felt the same because the extra energy was palpable. Plus it is Halloween, one of the most exciting days in children's lives!
Despite the anticipation of candies later on this evening, both Ms. Morris and Ms. Early’s classes were eager to throw on their aprons and become “compost chefs”.
“We are going to be making food for the plants today because they are making food for us and they need to eat too,” we explain. Soon the initial aversion to the food scraps on the table was gone and the kids were fighting each other to grab a mushy grape or a stale piece of bread to throw into our “stew”.
We finished up the day planting a beautiful foot-tall bean plant from a previous lesson a few weeks ago into our three sisters garden, explaining the benefits of growing certain crops together in a polyculture, as has been practiced on this continent for millennia.
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