K-5th Farm to Classroom: During the first week of November, we met local botanist, Madrona Murphy, and her favorite plant, Great Camas. We explored the plants relationship to the Native Salish diet and local pollinators. After slow cooking the tuber for three whole days, we were able to taste its “sweet, mushroom-like, yummy” flavor.
With the sun shining bright on the Island the following week, we raked fallen maple leaves for compost, identified mushrooms around the school, and sorted through a large collection of fava beans.
Lastly, we handmade ornaments for our class tree you can see at the Rosario Resort’s Festival of Trees. This annual fundraiser supports several Orcas non-profits. This year our tree theme is “Water is Life.” You can stop by the resort during the month of December and vote for our tree!
6-8th Grade Exploratory: This semester, our middle school class is working with natural fibers. To kick off our first day of class, Jennifer Pietsch and Amy Lum guided us in shearing three sheep! We each had a chance to use the electric shears, thank the sheep, and clean the wool.
The following class we practiced four different methods for carding the wool: starting by hand, moving to carding brushes and manual devices, to finally, an electric drum machine. We learned about the elastic properties and benefits of making and wearing clothes from natural fibers. Spinning the wool will come next.