Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

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Last week I had the privilege to attend Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s School Gardens Program. This week-long workshop was exhaustive (and exhausting) training in permaculture, working in the garden, seed saving, building a program and fundraising, and managing a group. I’m still tired but learned an incredible amount. I went with a group from the high school at which I teach, South, and so brought along our school mascot, a wolverine named Wendell.

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Food Not Lawns

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We spent the early summer creating seven vegetable beds in the front yard. These are some recent photos but I’ll have to add some of the process. We used sheet mulch plus about five yards of soil. Ten yards of wood chips filled in the paths and the gaps. We’ve got potatoes, onions, squash, sorrel, carrots, and rutabaga. Basically, except for the rutabaga, anything we think the moose won’t pay attention to if they stroll by.

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