On Monday, April 26th FOTO had the opportunity to do some pole bean planting with the Science/Garden Club at Coles Elementary in Prince William County. FOTO was joined by the Magnificent Three you see pictured below and one of their club leaders, Ramona Richardson. First, FOTO member Sonia Monson gave a brief discussion on what a pole bean is and the best way to plant them. Next, students prepped the soil while the adults stapled netting to the wooden posts to support the pole beans as they grow. Students used a ruler to measure and dig 1 inch holes around the posts. The young ladies got creative and alternated green and purple pole beans around each post. Pole beans and netting were provided by FOTO. Seeds were purchased through Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in order to promote the planting of organic and heirloom seeds. As in the thumbs-up picture below- JOB WELL DONE COLES ELEMENTARY!
Creating a Natural Border- Bamboo Fencing
On October 29th, 2015 Wes Cheney conducted a bamboo fencing workshop for Park Place Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. In attendence were staff and students from Park Place School and FOTO team member Atsuko Biernot. The school wanted to create a natural border around their community garden. As of December 14th the fence is near completion. FOTO is the sponsor of this fence.
Photo by Nia Amoruso
Crawly Composters- Vermiculture Workshop
VERMICULTURE WORKSHOP On Monday, October 19, 2015 Friends of the Occoquan sponsored a Vermiculture Workshop at Park Place School in Norfolk, VA. The event was organized by FOTO team member Atsuko Biernot and conducted by Merrie Jo, George Ibarra and Nia Amoruso of the Park Place Peace Garden with additional participation of Grey Hues and Ralph Schylar Harrison (Park Place School’s garden project manager.) Vermiculture is the process of using worms to decompose organic food waste, turning the waste into a nutrient-rich material capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain plant growth. The 2nd-4th grade children learned how to turn kitchen scraps into valuable, organic fertilizer for their school and at home gardens with the help of the friendly earthworm. Photograph credit- Nia Amoruso.