More classes than ever participated in gardening projects this past Spring! On-going gardens are the 4th grade girls' "Secret Garden" and the 3rd grade girls' and boys' Native American "Three Sisters Garden." New gardens this year are Miss Phyllis'
"Music Garden" and the "Sunflower House Garden." Four classes cooperatively planned and planted the "Sunflower House Garden": Pre-School, Kindergarten, and grades one and two. Each class's garden is one wall of the house. It is a delightful place
to read, snack. rest, etc. The 4th grade boys established a fund raiser Pumpkin Patch in the University Garden.
During summer vacation, students and their families take turns on a weekly basis caring for the gardens, mulching, weeding, watering, harvesting, and enjoying. Parents without home gardens express thanks for the opportunity to garden with their
Additionally, this past Spring, eight enthusiastic Upper School students signed up to learn about organic farming with Eric Kindberg, a local commercial, organic grower. Eric received a grant from the Kellogg Foundation to be a mentor to interested
students. Though students worked with him only once, due to rain, rain, and more rain, they learned how to make potting soil and seed flats on a large scale. It was planned that they would have a plot at Eric's farm to plant, tend, harvest, and
market. The profits were to be divided amongst them.
Also, two Seniors, true Pioneers, participated in a newly created elective, Greenhouse Data Analysis. A greenhouse is under construction on the School campus. Students learned about the parts of the Greenhouse and how they work. They created
a manual to assist the next group of students. Included in the manual is a report about insulation, definitions of Greenhouse terms, and instructions on how to use the Greenhouse computer in order to collect data from the many temperature sensors
and how to make charts and graphs of the data. This knowledge will provide a basis for successful operation of the Greenhouse.