FOTO sponsors an Eagle Scout garden project at Hunters Woods Elementary School in Herndon, VA.
October 15, 2017
Friends of the Occoquan sponsored an Eagle Scout community garden project at Hunters Woods Elementary School in Herndon, VA. This was added to the school’s already existing garden project. Science Teacher Rachel Negri cooperated with Boy Scout Brad Mitchell of Troop 1983 to complete his Eagle Scout requirements. The project consisted of two raised garden boxes, including all labor and materials, which will help students learn of how to plant, maintain and harvest their own vegetables. FOTO thanks Hunters Woods Elementary School’s Administration, Mrs. Negri and Troop 1983 and Brad Mitchell for allowing FOTO to continue with our water conservation program.
FOTO Builds Wheel Chair Accessible Raised Bed for Granby Elementary in Norfolk, VA
A big thank you to FOTO team member and Eagle Scout Adrian Monson for assembling this wheelchair accessible raised bed for Granby Elementary School's garden in Norfolk, VA.
FOTO Donates Raised Bed, Soil/Compost and Flowers to Penn Elementary School
Under the guidance and the help of FOTO providing the garden box, soil, and plants, eager students from Ms. Loriann Pawlik's Penn Elementary class are planting their flowers to attract butterflies.
Pole Bean Planting at Coles Elementary
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.