WSB’s 3rd Grade Visits a Local Farm

15 Oct

Last week, our 3rd grade class had a wonderful time visiting Calvert’s Gift: Organic Herb & Vegetable Farm in Sparks, Maryland. Students got to pick and taste a large variety of organic vegetables fresh from the earth.
Calvert’s Gift Farm does a CSA and sells some of their produce at farmers’ markets (one is in Towson). Be sure to stop by and say hello to our host, Beckie. As a parting gift the farm gave the class about 15 pounds of fresh radishes and turnips! (Which they are now busy pickling.)
Please enjoy the photos below (some of which were even taken by the students):

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

3 Oct

HazardousWasteHello Baltimore People. This is just a friendly public service announcement that today and tomorrow (10/3 & 10/4) are the last days this year to properly dispose of your household hazardous waste at the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street. The facility will be open from 9am to 5pm. This type of waste collection will not happen again until April 2015.
Here is fact sheet about household hazardous waste, and below is list of the accepted and non-accepted material.

Accepted Non-Accepted
  • Automotive Fluids (e.g. antifreeze, transmission and power brake fluid)
  • Batteries
  • Glycols (e.g. Antifreeze)
  • Household Cleaning Products
  • Fungicides/Herbicides
  • Insecticides/Pesticides
  • Oil Paint
  • Paint Thinners
  • Pool Cleaners
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Rust Removers
  • Solvents
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Thermometers
  • Turpentine (Varnishes & Stains)
  • Florescent Light Bulbs
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Asbestos
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Acids (e.g. Sulfuric Acid)
  • Industrial Wastes
  • Medical Wastes
  • Radioactive Materials
  • No Leaking Containers
  • No Commercial Waste
  • NO UNMARKED WASTE (MUST be in original packaging with manufacturer’s label)

Become a Green Dragon. Join WSB’s New Green Team!

19 Sep

Throughout the day, Sustainability Coordinators tend to get a lot of mind-bending questions revolving around matters of compost, gardening, wildlife, native plants, etc. But, hands-down, the one I hear the most is . . . How can I turn into a Dragon? Followed by . . . How can I become more involved in the sustainability initiatives at WSB? Well, I have a grand answer for you that will solve both these perplexing puzzles in one fell swoop! This year, we are starting a new Green Dragon Team for students, parents, staff, and New Town community members. Our goal is to begin implementing the Enhanced Schoolyard Plan, and our focus this school year will be on managing our stormwater runoff and planting more edibles in the schoolyard. The Student Council has already elected their Green Officer who will be sniffing out the other Green Dragons hiding in the classrooms.
We are in need of 3 more parents to join our fiery ranks (preferably from the elementary and middle school, as the Children’s Garden is already represented). Green Dragon Parents will meet the 1st Thursday of every month directly after drop off at 8:30am. The main meeting will be adjourned by 9:15am at the latest! In order to keep these meetings short, follow up information will be handled online. Bare in mind, you can still be involved without becoming a full-fledged Dragon. Over the course of the school year we will need volunteers to help implement the plan as well as keep all WSB’s events as waste-free as possible.

Please be in touch with Michel Anderson with your desired level of involvement. If you’re interested in full dragon status please submit a 1,000,000,000 word essay containing all relative experience, including mythological lineage, bloodline, region and castle property information, gold and jewel reserves, as well as involvement in any significant ogre battles.

Our 1st meeting will be Thursday, Oct 2nd.

Thank you for reading and your interest!

Permaculture Course: Starting Sept 20th

11 Sep

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Have you seen the permaculture design map of the Waldorf School of Baltimore? Did you know that WSB is in the process of implementing many of the design components of this map? If you’re interested in really digging into permaculture, consider taking a 6 weekend course and become a certified permaculturist. This is the same course taken by Michel Anderson, WSB’s Ecoliteracy & Sustainability Coordinator. Click HERE for more info. Members of the Waldorf Community get $25 off by typing in the discount code, “Waldorf School of Baltimore,” at registration.  Act fast!  The first class is scheduled to start Saturday, Sept 20.  Also be sure to visit and LIKE the facebook page, Permaculture Maryland. Enjoy the day!

Introducing the Enhanced Schoolyard Plan

8 Sep

Greetings! And welcome to the new school year! I hope your summer was filled with wonder and glee. I wanted to take moment to fill you in on some of the new green projects that are currently underway at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. First off, the Parents’ Association (PA) has generously donated funds to kick off our new Enhanced Schoolyard Plan. You will be hearing a lot about this plan over the coming months. In brief, the plan is based on permaculture design principles as well as design principles that encouraging biophilia (love of nature) in children. We’ve already started folding it into the school with a few new items. Thanks to the PA, we now have new composting tumblers that are loose and can be rolled around the schoolyard as well as down hills. This gives our students a fun way to turn compost (cleverly disguised as play) during recess. We’ve also purchased new fencing which will allow our three hens more space to roam. When it’s complete WSB students will be able to freely enter the area and interact with the chickens on a more regular basis. I have started installing the fence, panel-by-panel, during recess with the help of a few eager 3rd graders. We should be finished within the next couple of weeks. This year’s Student Council will be instrumental in designing and phasing in the Enhanced Schoolyard Plan. We are developing a Student Council Task Force that will be making play-maps of the schoolyard and offering suggestions to the faculty to make changes to the physical and cultural use to our grounds. Among other things, they will re-write the recess rules to offer their unique perspective. Over the next couple of months you will see and hear about these exciting changes through this blog (which will host middle school student authors!). The integration of these plans will offer many opportunities for volunteers! So subscribe and check to blog often.
Needless to say, we have high hopes that this year will be our greatest (and greenest) thus far!

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Rain Check Issued

13 Aug

Hello! Due to the intensity of yesterday’s (much needed) deluge, I am hereby issuing a RAIN CHECK on our garden party until tomorrow (Thursday 8/13). Same time: 12pm-1:30pm.
Hope to see you then!

To stay up-to-date regarding this event check out our facebook feed: http://www.facebook.com/WaldorfSchoolBaltimore

 

Garden Time!

11 Aug

vegetables-large-mdHello! Now that we’re getting close to the beginning of a new school year we would like to host some gardening cleanup sessions. The first one will be held this Wednesday, Aug 13th from 12pm-1:30pm. Our rain date will be the next day, Thursday the 14th (same time). We’ll be doing some general tiding up and prepping the area for the return of the chickens.

The second session will be Wednesday, Aug 20th at the same time. We maybe able to do some honey extraction during that one…we’ll see.

If you’re planning on coming to either please comment or send me a message so I know how many people to expect (manderson at twsb dot org). Feel free to bring a picnic if you like. And please note, childcare will not be officially provided; children will work/play under parental supervision.

See you soon!

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