We will continue to live as sustainably as we possibly can, which for us means that if we take something from the Earth, like organic fruits or vegetables that we grow, we return something, like vermicompost. If we want to observe the life cycles of monarch and other butterflies, we plant hosts to attract them and place them in our mariposario where they can live in a safe environment. If we want to give thanks for all that our community provides, we offer art, our ears and hearts, a chance to reuse clothes and educational toys and games, education, and our voices to support that community.
We will plant fresh herbs (basil, thyme, mint, dill, marjoram, oregano, fennel, etc) amongst the already established trees in the Wellness Community Garden at John C. Fremont HS.
Our project will complete the three aforementioned goals in the next six weeks and through to the end of the plant life cycle of the corn and sunflowers to be planted.
Prior to our winter break, we asked school families to bring back any toiletries from hotels that they were traveling to, and to purchase underwear for children and women. We collected them between January, when our school started back, and mid-February. We delivered them to the cafe that the safe houses run.
We will start by advertising for this food drive in our school newsletter, posters, and by visiting each classroom. Then, we will have children bring non-perishable foods to their classes. We are aware that not many people are motivated to donate food, so we will host a pizza party for the class that has the most weight of food per student. At the end of the month, we will collect and weigh the food to determine the winner and deliver the food to the local orphanages.
Create a way to get food
Make my friends and family aware of the project and that I would like to collect food instead of gifts to give to it to the local nonprofit organization. Have my birthday/party and collect the food.
We are currently working to open up space for new trees and our future interpretative trail. In collaboration with the neighboring campus of the University of Puerto Rico and its professors and students , we will design and build the trail. Students, parents and teachers will work together to plant the new trees and create a new set of garden beds as part of our Tropical Food Forest. Some trees have been donated as well as the tools used in both projects.
We will create a school flower and vegetable garden and harvest and share the produce. We will ask for donations from local stores to help with the costs. Students and staff at the school will maintain the garden.
My friends and I will organize to have a food drive outside a popular grocery store in our town and then stand there all day collecting goods. After we will bring the donations to our local nonprofit who will distribute the goods to families who need it.