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Sterling Blog: Student gardening and more bunnies

Student gardeners at Rolling Ridge Elementary School. Courtesy Photo

Gardens are more than a place to grow food—it can also be a place to grow minds. Two parents at Rolling Ridge Elementary started a garden club for the kids at one of our favorite elementary schools. Dave and Nicky Schauder saw that interior courtyard space at the school needed a make over—and so they proposed turning it into a garden classroom for our students. With a design in hand, they created Sprouts, an afterschool gardening club. The kids learn not only about planting and weeding, but math (how much rain did you get over the weekend) and science (what do plants need to grow). And nothing matches the accomplishment of seeing your first vegetable pop up in your garden.

Best of all, a local Boy Scout has made this his Eagle Scout project and you can help promote this wonderful project—without getting your hands dirty. Boy Scout Sammy Gomez is helping make the garden classroom even better. He has a GoFundMe page to allow you to contribute to his goal of raising $2000 for the garden. He’s nearly 75 percent of the way there, so if you can—go help at http://www.gofundme.com/SammyEagleProject. You can read more about this wonderful project at http://www.permakits.com/the-outdoor-classroom/. Thank you to the Schauders for volunteering to help make Rolling Ridge even better!

Bunnies come right after otters in the list of cutest animals in the wild. Despite my pleas, Heritage Farm Museum has yet to host an otter festival. However, they are holding their annual Bunny Bonanza on April 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you’re struggling to find things to do with your kids over spring break, this is a wonderful chance to get out of the house and let your kids run wild.

Bunnies are far down on the popularity list compared to cats and dogs, but that doesn’t mean you should completely discount them. Rabbits were kept as pets as far back as the 1700s. They like to have space to roam—but do tend to chew—and can be litter box trained just like cats. The bonanza at the Heritage Farm Museum, located conveniently in Claude Moore Park, is a perfect opportunity for those of you on the fence about bringing a rabbit into you home to learn more about these little fur balls. A number of organizations will be on hand, including the American Rabbit Breeders Association, to tell you more about rabbits and other cavy animals. Plus there will be exhibits and crafts, so even if you’re a rabbit-free home and intend to stay that way you’ll find plenty to see and do. The festival is free with a paid admission to the museum—just $5 for adults and $3 for kids 2-12. For more information go to the museum’s web site at http://www.hertagefarmmuseum.org or call 571-258-3800.

Reminder … the St. Matt’s Community Egg Hunt is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Don’t miss it!


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