Earth Day/ Wonder Day 2019

Another Earth Day! This year, falconer Brian Bradley and acclaimed poet Tim Seibles shared birds and poetry with the whole school in the morning, and then in the afternoon, students were all over campus. Below, pictures of Bradley’s website, Tim Seibles, and lots of Middle school students mulching the community garden and cutting back last year’s native plants to make way for this year’s new growth.

More on Wonder Day on the friendsbalt.org site here.

Community Garden Cleanup

Big thanks to all who turned out on a crisp November Sunday to get the garden ready for winter. We had students from Little Friends through 11th grade and a bunch of grownups too! Here’s what the garden looks like in late summer:

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and some more from our cleanup:

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Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers

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Here a few of the Upper School students who worked in the community garden during Quaker Community Day. Not pictured:

Ten bags of tomato plants ready for composting, a dozen more tired students, the peck of [ok, unpickled] peppers picked for CARES (the local food pantry where all the produce generated by this garden is donated) and the garlic they planted. And now, with November’s warm spell, you can see the garlic shoots getting in some end-of-season growth. See you in the fall (or check out the community garden table at Holly Fest on Sat. Nov 21)

Watch this Space: Sq Ft Gardening With Mr. Spawn

Square Foot Garden by the Middle School

See that nifty grid, the smiling student, and the ever-moving Mr. Spawn? Thanks to Mr. Spawn, the students in his gardening club and the (mostly future) efforts of students in his classes, these will soon be “square foot gardens,” in which all students in his class will plant and care for vegetables in their individual gridded square foot. We’ll post again when the grids turn green!

Nitrogen and Native Americans

Here students in Ms. Jenkins 9th Grade Environmental Science class are planting the Native American “Three Sisters” (corn, beans, and squash)┬áby the Middle School carpool right here on the Friends campus; Native Americans traditionally planted these together in a sustainable use of the nitrogen cycle. On our campus, they get students out of the classroom and we all benefit from the greenery.