School Orchard

Gravenstein

This spring I grafted trees for another elementary school orchard.  The school is preparing the ground now, and we’ll run the drip irrigation tomorrow and then the kids will  spread shredder chips over the whole area during recesses.

It’s important to incorporate child labor into these projects, as it gives them a sense of ownership and teaches them the value of hard work.   Some silly parents look at this as cruel, but the kids have a blast and are hurt if they don’t get  a chance to work.  They literally bust with pride  when the trees start bearing apples and they remember that they had a part in it.

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