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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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Our project will provide at least one working bee hive in the community. This hive will be used to educate the public about the importance of honey bees and the benefits of local honey. The project will also greatly benefit the pollination of community gardens, fruits trees, etc. Once the hive is established we plan to welcome our local home-school community and interested classes from the public school to observe the hive, help with potential honey extraction and processing, and to collaborate with these entities to continue honey bee improvement projects in our community.
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Our project will add garden space to our setting. The children will plant and maintain organic gardens. We will integrate the project into our curriculum and make connections with our life cycle unit, community unit, 4 seasons unit, and STEAM curriculum. We hope to plant butterfly plants to attract monarchs as well as veggies and herbs that will grow in our climate. We would also like to investigate the possibility of a rain barrel for watering. Our class is a 2 year program and we loop with our students. We are utilizing the community mapping project that we created last year. This year our project involves all 3 classes in the preschool program.
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Our project will give students an outlet to create a safe space with their hands and minds. We wish for student and staff families to enjoy the space by visiting and eating the food we will grow.
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Increase wildflowers along highways in Ohio and helping with the Highway Bee Act of America. We would like to design a drone to disperse seeds along the highway land with more precision and with the right weather conditions. We are getting expert advice from Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and landscape architects.
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The food we plant will help feed the Gibbons. We'll build the garden from an existing space we've already identified in the (ippl.org) Sanctuary. The space is currently overrun with weeds but can be easily cleaned out. We will work with a Master Gardner to help us plan the garden so that it can be planted by local area students on a season by season basis. We'll build up the bed with wood to raise it off the ground then fill it up with quality soil and compost before planting. We'll then identify the plants that will grow the hardiest season by season and develop a planting calendar. Right now, leafy vegetables can be grown but the space would be great for sweet potatoes that the Gibbons love.
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We are going to research bees, then raise money for our campaign by putting up flyers around our schools and having a donation box for people to donate to bee habitats.
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We will grow and care for the fish and the plants it in the schools front garden area. We have no fresh vegetables at school lunch so by doing this project we will be bringing fresh vegetables to school lunch.
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We will build a raised garden bed from a kit and use organic soil and seeds to grow produce and herbs. The bed will be purchased from local source (Fig Earth Supply). We will explore the use of compost and learn about how other organisms support our garden. We started a Habitat Restoration project last year, so that project will contribute to a supportive environment for these edible plants. Our project will provide a long term learning environment in which to grow healthy food in a small space using micro gardening techniques used for centuries.

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