The campus as farm

Spring arrived in a dump truck.

 

Fresh dirt was delivered for the raised beds in the Kindergarten and first grade playground.

 

Young Kindergarten had helped move the beds this winter. more on that

 

On Tuesday, fourth grade moved the dirt.

 

In classrooms and in the IDEA Lab, seeds had been started.

 

It's the first in a wave of springtime biology projects.

 

In the coming weeks, the seedlings will be joined by tadpoles, caterpillars and baby chicks hatched in the IDEA Lab.

 

On Wednesday, Young Kindergarten got the potatoes started.

 

A little online investigation revealed some secrets of potato cultivation.

 

This group has done quite a bit of cooking this year. more on that

 

They knew how to slice potatoes safely.

 

There was a fair amount of three-dimensional visualization as each student tried to get the maximum number of eyes onto each half.

 

Then, they went straight into the ground, eyes side up.

 

With water, sunshine and a little luck, these will be ready to harvest before the end of the school year.

 

Back behind the school, Kindergarten green group was already seeing results from their springtime farm work.

 

There's a maple tree out on the border of Gordon's property that is perfect for tapping.

 

Attention alumni: the bark still shows signs of your sap tapping in years past.

 

Their first tap already had sap.

 

They drilled a second one for good measure.

 

The tree is in an awkward spot, so their teacher handled the power tools while the students watched from the hill.

 

But even at a distance, she had their full attention.

 

Next up in Kindergarten farming: harvesting the dirt (and the baby worms) from the vermicomposting they've been doing all winter.