With 20 hours of daylight, the garden flourished in the bush of the Alaskan tundra on the Bering Sea! It was a great success and the fence was secured to keep out the moose, rabbits, dogs and wolves. It was an ongoing process and will continue to be used hopefully for many years. In the long daylight hours of the Alaskan summer, weeds have an excellent opportunity to thrive therefore we taught children how to discern weeds from cultivated plants and some of the "weeds" such as chamomile were harvested and used for tea, food and medicine. It is much work cultivating in the acidic tundra soils however the garden progressed beautifully and with great success. Children are learning, planting, weeding, watering and observing. We worked in the garden several hours a day and Kenkamken's aana (mother in Yup'ik Eskimo language) was welcome to harvest any time although she lived quite a distance from the garden at Lake Aleknagik. "This is your garden" I explained when she visited. While still in mourning for her daughter, she was deeply moved to tears by the Kenkamken Memorial Garden. She was thoroughly touched to be engaged in the garden that bears her daughter's name in Yup'ik language. I told her that she is welcome to have the plaque that I painted and hung on the garden in Kenkamken's memory with the state flower of Alaska, Myosotis, forget-me-not painted on it. Kenkamken's aana took the plaque and I believe it is an inspiration and a blessing for her to continue to cultivate in Kenkamken's memory. Her son, Pipiisiiq will continue to cultivate in his beloved sister's memory as a way to bring comfort and beauty to his family's life. The garden was a meeting place of solace. Some made paintings of the beautiful flowers. Children delighted in hunting for peas, strawberries and spinach leaves (like Popeye consumed for strength!) every day and they loved to see the potato plants push up through the soil. The children so enjoyed tasting fresh chives and sweet baby carrots. Yup'ik elders visited and harvested and shared their ethnobotanical uses of wild harvested plants. We shared with visitors every day and welcomed all. There are some farmers' markets in the town of Dillingham however our garden produce was free! Obtaining nutritious pesticide-free produce is a great challenge in the long winters in Alaska. Many suffer from nutritional deficiencies, which in turn affects physical and mental health. Cultivating in the acidic tundra soils was a great deal of work but the garden developed beautifully, collectively and successfully. The garden will live on……and so will Kenkamken's blessed memory.
If we as a family are more firmly vegetarian, we can inspire others, demonstrating that it is possible to be fit and healthy as vegetarians.
it will stop animals from dieing and help them have a longer and happier life and will keep us much more healthy
WE WISH TO START ON JULY, NOW WE ARE READ ORGANIZING YOUTHS GROUPS WITH MORE THAN 300 YOUTHS, WE START BY PROVIDING EDUCATION
After studying about Mason Bees, we will make homes for them. They are "solitary" bees that don't live in community hives. They instead live in separate holes in a "condo" type structure. We drilled holes in sections of 4"X 4" wood and put a roof over the openings. The mason bee only travels 300 yards or so, so these homes will be placed at B-Street near to where the crops are grown. Mason Bees are very efficient pollinators! As Summer came to an end, we have noticed that Mason Bees have taken up residence in the homes we made! Success!
We will learn about the plight of the needy in our community and understand how we can make a real difference, if we work together toward a goal. With everyone contributing some vegetables, make a nutritious "Stone Soup". Using the cobb oven at B-Street, make pita bread from scratch.
This year we have made 12 visits to B-Street, starting in the Fall with harvest and ending with our last meeting in June there. We have harvested crops, mulched fields, weeded, planted crops, built "willow houses", cooked in a cobb oven & on "rocket stoves", made "stone soup" for homeless women's shelter, built a butterfly / beneficial insect flower garden, made "mason bee" houses, studied pond life & cycles, and learned how to care for rabbits & bunnies. It has been wonderful to have a "place" to learn from and put our efforts toward making a difference. Our visits have been after-school events. As an added benefit, it has introduced Roots&Shoots families to this great community resource.
The students completed a school lunch survey to examine the nutritional quality of their school meals. Their data analysis showed a high level of sodium in the food, and an overall absence of fresh produce. Using their results, students designed new lunch menus following the National Lunch Standards signed by President Obama. Groups of students presented their menus to a panel of judges, including community leaders such as a city council staff member and the executive director of a local food cooperative. The judges scored the groups, evaluating their proposed menus based on a checklist of nutritional requirements, as well as their ability to answer in-depth questions about food issues.
A three year plan for existing and developing Roots & Shoots Groups from Puerto Rico & the Caribbean . Establishing R&S centers in universities, schools in general and municipalities. Culminating in a gathering of Caribbean Nations in Puerto Rico by 2017 to share common goals and support each others projects. Currently in formation stage with support of public and private university staff & Student groups. Visit University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez ,campus Verde site. (Green Campus.) www.uprm.edu/campusverde If it appears in Spanish hit "Translate this"" button on google. Our website will be added to this location when done. "Compinche" means a gathering of friends.
start a community children's garden