The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Micro greens, Fairies, and Chickens Oh My!

Spring is blooming here at Oswegatchie and with it all the excitement a new season brings. We started in March growing micro greens with the Kindergarten classes as part of their living/nonliving lessons.

Students planted the micro green seeds and then took care of them for a couple of weeks. When they were ready to harvest each class made a simple salad dressing and had a greens tasting party.

In April third, fourth, and fifth grade students let their imaginations soar as they created homes to house fairies in the garden.

The students used a variety of natural materials to complete their projects which were then displayed at our school's annual art show. 

The houses will now be displayed proudly in our garden.

May is shaping up to be just as exciting in the library as we are in the process of incubating 9 eggs! We are attempting to hatch 3 Buff Orpington, 3 Rhode Island Red, and 3 Barred Rock eggs. We chose these variety for their temperament and ability to handle cold New England winters. 

The incubator has an automatic turner and self regulates temperature. The humidity is adjusted by adding water to the wells on the bottom of the incubator. If successful the chickens will live in our school garden to become a valuable part of the ecosystem we are building there. 

Children are enthusiastically collecting data daily to make sure the temperature and humidity stay at the optimal levels. I found a fantastic tool from Learning Resources that allows children a glimpse of the daily progress inside the eggs.

Each morning students are excited to see how much the embryos have developed. They are keeping track by drawing each day's growth on a chart.

Students from Mrs. Gallis' class plant seeds in one of the raised beds.

Due to time constraints I haven't been able to organize an after school garden club this year. However, I have been taking whole classes out to the garden when the weather permits so eventually all the Oswegatchie students will have spent time nurturing our garden.