Nurturing the Eagle Nest

Working together to beautify the school habitat for our soaring eagles!

More than food

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Students visiting the garden come to learn, observe and do a little socializing in the morning.  It is a neutral place where they are all learning and sharing new information.  Is that a good bug?  Why is the garden bean growing NOW instead of months ago?  Why don’t we pull out the brown leaves on the gourd vine?  When can I harvest a carrot?  The questions come fast and thick in the morning.

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Garden time with friends.

Some students need a little time, perhaps while they observe a pill bug crawling on their arm or a green anole clinging to their shirt, to wake up and get ready to head to class.  Observing students who wouldn’t normally interact having a conversation about the number and types of bees buzzing around the sunflowers is a delight to the adults in attendance.  Sharing the moment of pride when a brave 2nd grader removes a leaf-footed bug for the first time to a crowd of amazed 4th graders that had been hesitant to try the same trick.  Timing a photo at the exact right moment when she bursts into a huge smile and holds up her prize.

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A proud accomplishment.

Our garden is so much more than a place to grow food.  Come and see.

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Green anole spotted often on the gourd vine (and many young green anoles too!)

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

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