Garden Club

Thanks to Everyone Who Donated Tools!

Thanks to Everyone Who Donated Tools!

Tool Drive

Although our tool drive has ended, we will continue to accept donations of gently used or new tools from the community.  Examples include hoes, shovels, rakes and hand tools.  Bring to P1.  Also donations in the form of gift certificates are welcome.   Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply in Grass Valley is one we have used because of their organic and heirloom seed and quality tools.  Gift certificates can be made out to the school and sent to the CMMS office.

Original Garden Club Members

Spring 2015 This is the site where the school garden will be

When and Where

Every Friday in P1

From 3:15-4:15

Ms. Reavill has healthy, organic snacks, but you are welcome to bring your own or more to share.

Come when you can.  Stay as long as you can.

Communication=edmodo

We communicate through edmodo.  Find a garden member or ask Ms.Reavill for the latest group code.  What you will find on edmodo are friends, club business, garden information, and more

Agenda

Garden Club Business

School Garden

Share

Learn

This is our standard format.  If you have a suggestion to talk about, let Ms. Reavill or Chloe Padilla, our club president know, and we will add it to the agenda.

2015 Club Member Officers

President: Chloe Padilla

Vice President: Amy Truong

Secretary: Alejnadra Davila

Treasurer: Sydney Silveira

Snack Coordinator: Madison Douchette

Webmasters Shahab Sheikh

Task Coordinators: Alexis Len, Arlene Hickman, Hieu Ho, Madison Douchette

Teachers: Ahmad Annous

Seed Librarian: Shahab Sheikh

Welcome to the Eagles Forest Garden Club at Christa McAuliffe

At the end of last year, a few students pioneered the Christa McAuliffe Middle School Garden Club.  Our goal was to create a campus garden where we could produce organic vegetables and fruit year round.  Eventually, we could see this becoming integrated into the curriculum as an outdoor classroom, and providing fresh produce to the cafeteria.  We were given a site behind the school's band room and are awaiting fencing and plumbing to a nearby drinking fountain.

In the mean time, ornamental pear trees that had graced the quad since the the school was built had become too large and, their roots were becoming a possible hazard as they could lift up the cement, so the district had them removed.  It was a sad day for everyone to come to school and see them gone.  What would have made matters worse were plans to cement in the squares over. 

The Garden Club circulated a petition to ask the district to allow us to plant California Native flowers and bushes which would give back some natural beauty to the quad and allow for everyone  an education on the plant communities of our area.  We gathered over 440 signatures, and this convinced the district to dismiss plans to cement the squares.  They allowed us to choose and design the squares.  Since Natives are fast becoming extinct, it is a way to establish a sort of natural museum for everyone's education and enjoyment.

The Garden Club is working with the district to select plants and plan a design for one square.  Once that happens, we are looking forward to planting the rest in the spring.

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Garden Club Links

Life Labs: Why Garden at School?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=296&v=hmmkEc6GcXw

Natives We Would Like to Plant

Diplacus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower):  part of the Northern Oak Woodland plant community, drought  images.jpg
tolerant, needs 18 inches of water per year. 

Blue Eyed Grass Sysrinchium bellum

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Blue eyed grass is really a rhizomous perennial.  Very drought tolerant, one inch blooms from Jan to June.  Goes summer dormant with lack of water.  Needs 14 inches per year.  Grows almost everywhere including Oak Woodlands.

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California Natives in the Quad

We are in process of buying and planting California Natives for the Southwest square in the quad.  Our quad will someday display species from various plant communities in the state such as Valley Grasslands, Desert, Chaparral, and possibly Riparian Forest.  Because native plants are threatened by weeds and development, they are fast disappearing from the state.  Our vision is that the quad would be an educational biological museum of what used to grace the valley and surrounding areas many years ago.

Save the Squares Petition 2015

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Circulation During Lunch

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Student Involvement

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Links for California Natives

Online Store with a Wealth of Information on Most Species

Las Pilitas Nursery

State Natives Organization

http://www.cnps.org/

Theodor Payne Foundation (seeds)

http://store.theodorepayne.org/

Nurseries that Stock Natives

Delta Tree Farm  (Lodi)

Big Oak Nursery (Elk Grove)

Green Acres Nursery (Elk Grove)