Build raised garden beds at our main branch so members will have a hands-on experience growing their own plants and learning about gardening and vegetables.
The project involves working with the local forest preserve district. The land is secured, and some trees and perennials have already been planted. Next is to meet with all who are interested in leading the way, plan the over all design and plant.
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Training of volunteers in some selected communities in nutrition, health and hygiene
Create a small pilot group of new growers that will learn how to take care of the corn including how to maintain the population size so the corn does not suffer from inbreeding depression or the corn types eventually become weak because of not maintaining them correctly. Learn to improve the crops and work together as a group to maintain these seeds banks. Learn the history of these crops, how to prepare them for food and continue to protect the genetic resources.
At Discover the Outdoors we will provide outdoor educational programs and opportunities for children, families and adults alike to learn and (re)discover nature for better health and well being. Our all ages programs will include activities for health and wellness: snowshoeing, hiking, running, gardening, and climbing; educational programs: learning about plants, animals, farming and food production, gardening; and explore spirit/connection to something greater than ourselves through yoga, creativity, community building, nature and meditation. We will connect and collaborate with other programs and organizations across Alberta, Canada and the world. All programs will encourage physical activity, exploring nature, and connecting to oneself, others and to the natural world. Some examples of a program are: EXAMPLE 1: It is a bright sunny wintery day and families have just arrived at the farm for a day of snowshoeing, bird feeders and adventure. Families enter the Discovery Centre and make bird feeders. After, they snowshoe into the forest to hang their feeder while watching chickadees, woodpeckers and nuthatches enjoying a snack. After snowshoeing, families return to the Discovery Centre to enjoy a warm beverage, a bowl full of hot soup (special made from the fall harvest) and freshly baked bread. After lunch, families have a choice of learning more about winter animals, going outside or enjoy a some quiet reflection time indoors (ie.yoga/meditation). As the sun sets smiling families head home with a new sense of connection to each other and nature. EXAMPLE 2: It is a quiet spring morning and the sun rises in the east. After a year of struggle with illness a man rises to enjoy a quiet walk around the property with his cup of tea. The man reaches the garden and pulls a few weeds, picks a few carrots to eat, and sits down on a bench to absorb the morning sun. After a time he returns to the Discovery Centre where he participates in a morning meditation and yoga class about Loving-Kindness and joins in to help make breakfast for himself and the others who are participating in a weekend retreat about End of Life. After a nourishing and food-to-table breakfast with community the group learn various contemplative practices to help in their journey before heading out to enjoy a walk and conversation. After another healthy lunch participants engage in a "tell your story" project where they find creative ways to tell their story in their own way - art, poetry, song, scrapbooking... EXAMPLE 3: It's a cool, wet day and teenage girls are huddle inside the workshop ready for an afternoon of creating and connecting. Two woman - one a woodworker and another a welder and industrial designer - have joined forces to teach the girls about power tools, friendship, and connection. Safety procedures are reviewed, projects are established and the sound of power tools fill the air. The girls laughter, chatting and learning is in full force and the woman are inspired by their eagerness to learn and grow.
Throughout the week before Thanksgiving, the Roots & Shoots club will collect the food and goods from our school's community. In addition to this we will wrap and decorate boxes to later put the donations in. This project will take time and a lot of participants to set up collection areas, hand decorate the boxes and other aspects of the project.
On September 11th 2014, our high school's Roots & Shoots club will set up an area in the middle of our student center and all day long collect, stack and organize the nonperishable food donated to us. We will have volunteers and club members collect the donations in the designated area and after school count the total number of donations received. All goods collected will then be taken to Neighbor To Neighbor, our town's local nonprofit organization, who will give the food to families who need them supporting those less fortunate and showing how we can all make a difference one donation at a time.
We will coordinate volunteers in our area to build 40 gardens for families in need in Chicago's west suburbs. We will build each family a 4'x8' raised-bed garden, fill it with soil and compost, and plant it with the seeds and plants that they select. We will then be available to answer questions and give advice throughout the growing season.
Our wish is to create a school snack program using food grown on our campus.