On Tuesday at lunchtime the 3rd & 4th grade students sat down to share the bounty of last year’s garden. The lunch marks the official date the 3rd grade class becomes the primary stewards of our school’s garden.
On Monday our 3rd grade class started their gardening block, and to kick it off properly we went on a field trip to One Straw Farm. Our gracious hosts, Joan & Drew Norman, have been running the organic farm since 1983. Joan took us on a grand tour showing us the land, animals, and farm equipment; and she had us tasting lots of vegetables and berries along the way. She even sent us off with our pockets loaded with peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and one giant butternut squash each! Below is a slideshow of our day on the farm. Be sure to check out & support One Straw Farm at the 32nd Street Farmers’ Market in Waverly every Saturday.
Over the last couple of weeks WSB’s 3rd grade class has been helping me renovate our earth oven. The goal is to have it finished up, decorated, and fired up, within the month of October. The oven was originally made with too much sand, so it has been crumbling away over the years. Adding some clay to the mix should do the trick to sure it up. Below are photos of the 3rd grade cleaning up the oven and collecting the sand that has slowly eroded from it. They are piling it up and sifting out any large rocks and sticks that have made their way into it. Soon we’ll be adding clay and re-coating the outer layer.
WSB will also be hosting a Fathers’ Work Day in the near future to help take down the wooden frame surrounding the oven. The wood will be re-used in a new design that will incorporate a living roof and straw bale walls. Details to come — photos for now. . . .