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Vegetarianism is a domino affect. Shortly after I became vegetarian, my mom, followed. I've learned that by example alone can be an inspiration. People see that it can be done and I believe it jars their conscience. So I plan to continue to politely (and sometimes not so much) defend why one should not eat animals and affect more people by eating healthy without meat and showing that we do not need to eat animals. Even one animal saved is worth it!
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Like most animals, bats are losing their environment. When I was younger, we would watch the bats fly around at night. One lived under the covering on our porch. But I noticed less and less bats flying around. I asked our local nature center and they said we are losing bats because they do not have suitable homes. Up to 20 bats can sleep in one small wooden shelter. So I asked my friends to help me build bat houses and we will get our local volunteers to install them both in our backyards and hopefully at the Nature Center as well! Again, bats usually only have one pup a year so we need to protect them now before we lose them forever!
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We will have lessons about native species and try to locate any native plants that might already be found in the garden. We will investigate which native plants might grow best in our garden and why. We will purchase native plant seedlings and care for them in the garden until they grow and mature. We will study the role each native plant plays in the garden ecosystem and then make comparisons with the role of a native plant found in another natural environment (like a forest). Finally, we will see how our native plants contribute to the success of edible crops.
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The students are going to research ingredients needed to make the eco-friendly (Homemade Sprays) instead of harmful chemicals such as neonics that have been destroying the pollinator populations. Another project is to create the pollinator friendly nutritious gardens around our local city.
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Most every gardener, dare I say most every human appreciates bees and pollinators. We need them to sustain our very lives. Most of us also aware of the problems of colony collapse and would like to do something even if we don’t have the inclination or location to put up a bee hive. Thankfully there is something we can all do even if we don’t want to become beekeepers and that is create native bee habitat. Planting gardens so that a variety of native bees can not only find a home but find food in a way that is more natural to them, i.e. plant in groupings. There’s so much more to it than just planting a few flowers. Children are our future. The goal is for every school to have an area to plant native flowers. Native flowers help feed bees and are uniquely adapted to their region. Children will learn about the native bees and flowers at school and hopefully will have their own bee habitat at home.
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This will be a long term project that our team of girls, with their family and friends, will be able to work on and complete one step at a time. Our plan is to assist other local groups in creating a vegetable garden for our local food pantry to provide fresh produce for the community.
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Sprouts club members will be planting, caring for and harvesting fruits and vegetables from our garden from spring 2016- until Spring 2018. In the process, they will learn what produce is available at what time of the year and how specific edible and pollinator plants grow. They will also learn the needs of plants and how they are not isolated but are a part of a complex system that is relatively easy to maintain. FIRST-DAY of SPROUTS 2017-2018 We are now in the fall school year 2017-2018 and we have harvested several crops from the student garden beds. Wednesday, Sept 6, was the first day of our Sprouts Club. We met at Mrs. Kelly Anderson's 5th-grade classroom after school and discovered a new healthy snack: figs! The scraps from our snacks were collected and used to feed red wriggler worms in our worm tower. This way, nothing was wasted! Students, teachers, and parents harvested tomatoes, long beans, green beans and basil. They even braved the rain to do it! Another group of students created signs to label the garden beds with, thanks to a project of an Eagle Scout candidate and an assistant teacher, Mrs. Angela Gomez. A final group of students looked at an initial map of the garden beds and identified what was in the garden. This was their orientation to mapping. All students used old student notebooks whose pages were still unused. That way, we saved on trees and money! At the end of the day, we took a closer look at the produce we harvested and sketched them (and the worms) in our notebooks. It was a busy first day!
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Elist help of local farmer to allow use of non productive buffer and plant with wildflower mix. A beehive will also be constructed and maintained for the farmers bennefit.
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School children on Long Island, NY, will research what is causing the problems for honeybee survival and how they can help to save the honeybees from the danger of extinction. They will educate themselves and others of the dangers that insecticides in our agriculture fields and backyards are doing to the beneficial insects, like the honeybee, and in turn to the human consumer. They will educate others on the possibility of helping to save the bees by buying and consuming organic food. The students will choose a way to create public awareness to the plight of the honeybee through media of their choice.
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My project will provide healthy food to our students and their family, as well as provide a wildlife way station area to increase biodiversity at our site. We plan on holding farmer's markets with a "take what you need, give what you can" philosophy. We also plan on educating our community about wildlife and how to support our native plants and animals. We would like to grow our garden as a community, and include not only our students but their families and community members as well. Our garden will provide hands on educational opportunities for students as well as a chance for them to support and help their community. In order to make this happen, we need to add drip lines and timers to grow our garden, and enable us to use water efficiently. We also need drip lines in order to sustain our garden over school breaks. We also would like to add additional edible and native plants in order to increase our ability to produce and harvest food for our students and their families.

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