Blessed rain and cool has broken the August drought!
We are in Babya Lata, Woman's Summer,
something magical in the air,
and spiders displaying dew be-decked webs every morning.
Prepare your web wand (a stick) to avoid being caught in one of them.
Our field ecology schedule is mostly set, and attached below.
And we look forward to using openings in the schedule for the next two weeks to get as many classrooms into the gardens as possible.
One new idea is that a classroom teacher can request our help,
divide their class into two smaller groups,
and engage in a teacher directed activity,
alternating with some garden activity led by myself or Ms. Peterson (Garden Co-ordinator) and invaluable volunteers like your self.
Last week we took out one of the 2nd grade classes, Room 203, for an observation / journaling activity with Ms. Frieswyk, alternating with bean planting and acorn gathering.
The day was beautiful, the kids were thrilled (I observed).
We began with a song from 1st grade:
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by!
(Poem:Christina Rosetti; Music:Yoko Ono)
Before going back in, the kids lined up to take part in a platter of sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Three little ones were stragglers, and by the time they reached the plate, only tomatoes were left. One girl burst into tears : "I love cucumbers but I don't like tomatoes!" (A small platter of sliced cucumbers was delivered up to the room. Crisis managed!)
This week the 8th grade will be coming out to do garden management and sampling of the harvest. We have wood chips to move, weeds to weed, fruit to harvest, and walkways to sweep. I will send out the time and day asap. Please consider signing up with CPS as a volunteer if you would like to help.
Next Saturday, September 15, from 12-3 Waters School families, Riverbank Neighbors and the Bullfrogs community Choir will be taking part in the formal opening of the Horner Park Riverbank Trail. We started working on this project in.... 1998!!! At long last it is open, and spectacularly beautiful. We will find a way to incorporate this area into the Waters Ecology program. The Park District will be forming a local "stewardship" group to maintain this area, like on the east bank. Please let me know if you would like to be part of it. (See flyer below)
The next Saturday, September 22, from 10-2:00 Waters will host a
Fall Garden Day and Participatory 1st Reading of my new book:
The Fight Between Quiet and Noise.
It is a picture book for people from 3-90+ years.
A portion of the proceeds from book sales will support the Waters Ecology Program.
There will be some work activities from 10-12.
Book reading, song and discussion at Noon.
Then sharing of food: quesadillas, pico de gallo, corn, and garden juices.
Please join us for this celebration of the season.
The very next day, Sunday, Sept. 23 is the Autumnal Equinox.
Riverbank neighbors will be hosting a stewardship event from 12-2 at Berteau Street and the River.
Then we will take a break to freshen up and rest,
and re-meet at the Farm, 2549 W Hutchinson, for a pot luck celebration,
with fire and song,
and food and drink,
and conversation, news, and friendship.
Please join us.