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THANK YOU, to everyone – students, families, faculty, staff and communitymembers – who participated in the recent garden design charettes! Your input, inspiration and enthusiasm towarda master plan for the garden are invaluable. Elements to be considered include: an outdoor classroom, picnic tables, outdoor oven/cooking area, fruit trees, pond, rainwater harvesting system, accessible raised beds, circular seating area, greenhouse/high tunnel, murals, creative/artistic fencing and entrance…lots of potential for enhancing student learning and activity, extending our growing season and establishing a spirit of community in the garden. Nancy Striniste of Earlyspace, LLC will compile design ideas and develop a preliminary design over the summer, with a master plan targeted to be “unveiled” in September.
This week’s APS Green Scene episode features the design charettes –including interviews with parents, faculty, staff and a couple of the garden’s founding Girl Scouts. Enjoy!
Look for more exciting news over the summer!
The Jefferson Garden has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in its Harlequin Bug Trap Project - a great hands-on-learning opportunity! Harlequin bugs devastated many crops (including some of ours) last year – they’re cool looking, but not friendly to farmers! Don Weber, a USDA Research Entomologist and Jefferson supporter, has placed four “trap” plants (collards) laced with pheromones extracted from Harlequin bugs, in various places around the garden. The idea is any Harlequin bugs visiting the garden will be attracted to the “trap” plants, thereby, saving our real crops! Students in Mr. Golden's 7th Grade Life Science class are checking the plants on Tuesdays and Fridays for activity, collecting the visible bugs and phoning in the data (number and gender) to USDA. So far, the trap plants ARE attracting the bugs! We’re thrilled to have this opportunity for some fun, hands-on learning and contribute toward valuable research!