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Ruby, our garden mentor at Superstition Farm, graciously invited us to her home to learn about her permaculture gardening projects and to make seedballs. At its most basic, the purpose of a seedball is to plant seeds out while protecting them from birds and bugs. By incorporating many varieties of seeds, it is also a method to re-vegetate the land. Using the seedball method, you take a risk that not everything will grow, but trust that something will. There may be several varieties of seeds in any particular seedball, but whatever plant is best suited to the location where the seedball ends up is the plant that will grow. Through careful observation, one can then learn about what plants are best matched with what conditions. Seedballs also can be a method of "guerilla gardening" where they are thrown into empty city lots. That sounded like fun to all of us, but for now our seedballs will be used at our own homes and our garden at Superstition Farm. (photos and Ruby's seedball recipe on our website: www.resourcesforhealth.org)
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Lydia Reznik, a local Roots & Shoots group leader and science and biology teacher, gave us a presentation about Global Warming at the New Vision Center for Spiritual Growth. Ms. Reznik is a volunteer with The Climate Project trained by former Vice President Al Gore. Her customized global warming slide presentation included information specific to Arizona and the Southwest as well as more basic science (taking out politics) for students. There were also numerous informative slides on how everyone can take a step to help curb CO2 emissions. After the presentation kids got to decorate their own reusable bags to take home.
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At Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation, we learned about the importance of enrichment toys for rescued wildlife. Youth leader Sammi describes: "We made a bear piñata for the bear with honey, peanut butter and jam. We also sprayed squares of carpet with perfume for the bobcats to smell. It was so much fun for everyone and we learned a lot about the animals." (photos on our website: www.resourcesforhealth.org)
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We used our money from PROJECT BAKE SALE ($187) to buy toys for Kids in Crisis. We bought over 20 toys. After we were done shopping, we delivered the toys to Kids in Crisis. We bought toys for boys and girls of all ages. We received a letter from Kids in Crisis thanking us for our donation.
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We had our first annual South Shore Roots & Shoots weekend retreat in the Catskills of New York. Our main goal was to bond as a group and with nature. We participated in a group obstacle coarse where members had to trust each other and work together to get across cable ropes. We hiked for 2 hours and appreciated nature. We picked apples and made fresh apple cider. We made candles, paper and relaxed with natural facials. We enjoyed bonfires, rock wall climbing, archery and a lesson in astronomy. This was a great end of the year treat and the members really became closer.
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Our group joined the Lyons Club in our community and helped them make 200 holiday cards. The cards are going to be hand delivered to people in our local hospital for the holidays. This project will help build compassion towards people that are alone and sick during the holidays.
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Today two of us donated time at our local human society. We started by painting the caging which will be an ongoing project. We also played with all the dogs and observed 3 adoptions while we were there. What a great experience! This is a project we will continue to do when any of our members have spare time, we will clean, paint, carpentry and interact with the visitors, staff and of course the animals!!
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We prepared a meal of homemade chili, cornbread, salad and brownies for local homeless families. The kids prepared the meal, served and joined the families in dinner and a movie. We sponsored an evening that the local churches in Ojai offer to the homeless in winter. Each church provides a meal and shelter one night a week, so the homeless have somewhere to go every night during the winter months. This is our third year participating.
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We ordered "Beads for Life" bracelets from the Roots & Shoots website and sold them at three local events: a school holiday craft fair, a contra-dance concert, and a Irish dancing concert. We've sold all of the bracelets within a week. They are beautiful and easy to sell!
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Our group, at its first meeting discussed the problems within our town. We learned about the homeless situation and of families who would go without at Christmas time. We decided to start a school wide campaign to collect tarps, blankets, hats, gloves, socks and scarves for the homeless people and donate them to a local shelter. We will do this through the end of January or February. Our group leader also contacted a women's shelter in the community and found a family we could adopt for Christmas. She was able to find a small family that had just moved out of the shelter and was starting on their own. We all went out and purchased gifts for the family and will deliver them before Christmas. We also made Christmas cards for a Nursing Home.

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