Thursday, May 30, 2013

School Gardens all over town

Together we'll grow healthy foods for the school community and engage students in experiential learning.  We'd love for you to come and join us in building this new farm!
When: June 1, 2, 3, 4
Where: David Thompson Secondary School map here
Time: 9:30am - 1pm, 1:30pm - 5pm each day.
What to wear: Clothes you can get dirty in! Long pants! Closed toed shoes! Gardening gloves, Rain-Gear: we'll be working outside rain or shine.  RSVPs to

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

30 x 30 Challenge

Get outside!  The David Suzuki Foundation interviewed on CBC radio, Queue, Jian Ghomeshi
Challenge your family to take the challenge to be outside for 30 days in a row for 30 minutes.

Excerpts from the CBC radio interview:

Kids spend an average of 6 minutes outside a day and 6 hours in front of electronics (computers, TV, cell phones).  This is the reversal of 99% of human existence was outside, or even 100 years ago when most children were left outside to play.  With the explosive growth of cities, we need to be surrounded by other species - plants and pets.  Canadians spend an average of 9.5 hours sitting down.

He gives the example of taking a walk around and breathing in the greenery and reflecting on the reliance we have on plants.  We would not be here if we don't have plants, even though we are now largely an 'indoor species'.  The evolutionary history we have changes our physical needs to be active.
Vitamin D from sunlight and obesity are markers of this, and we work against what our bodies require.

If we only love our technologically created recent habitat, we won't take care of our environment.
Nature is our home, we are born out of it and we go back to it when we die.
Humans are disappearing from the outdoors at a rate that would have us on an endangered list!

We need clean air and clean water for our survival.  We focus on economy more than our atmosphere.  We forget our fundamental biological fact.  Without clean water and air, we can't survive.
We are not separate from nature, we are a part of nature.

The interview quoted above with David Suzuki interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi, CBC radio Queue;

'We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it"  - George Eliot

Take It Outside - a good teacher reference

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lupines! Grown from seed

Those starry petalled leaves are none other than native lupines - and the beginning spikes with many purple flowers.  The bees will be pleased... these are behind the northernmost bench on the boulevards.
These were started indoors in a classroom 2 years ago and just take time to really establish themselves.
The hollyhocks grown from seed in a class are bi-annuals, they bloomed last year by the annex.  It looks like we are going to get another year from them - tri-annuals?

We have corn, pumpkin, calendula and butterfly vine seeds that will soon need help.
You can volunteer even without a green thumb!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Trunk Sale May 4th

Sunflower Seedlings for sale!
$1 buys you tons of happiness :-)
but don't buy them all... we will plant them around the school too :-)

CBC Radio's Jian Ghomeshi on Wed May 8th, 10am on the Q
David Suzuki talks about how "helicopter parents" are raising a generation of kids that are disconnected from nature, and as a result, oblivious to the plight of the planet.
Last weekend's paper had some interesting info

Not sure this link will work, but there's a video on it

On the topic of videos, if you really want some inspiration, watch Ron Finley's TED talk