|Orchard Garden CFE teacher candidates hard at work!|
|Emily guiding us through the process of pruning tomato plants ~|
After pruning the tomato plants, we proceeded to staking the tomato plants with bamboo poles. The staking of a tomato plant provides stability and support for the stem, as the plant continues to grow. We were told that the expected height of these tomato plants will be approximately 7 feet!
|Bamboo poles prior to being sawed|
|Nick hand sawing each bamboo pole|
Prior to the process of staking the tomato plants, each bamboo pole was measured and sawed in half, relative to the estimated height of the tomato plants. From beginning to end, we worked as a team to maintain the growth and health of the tomato plants. For example, while some individuals helped with sawing the bamboo poles, others gathered the ones already sawed and began staking the tomato plants. As each tomato plant was staked, fertile soil was collected and distributed around each plant, providing support and nutrients needed to boost their health and growth. It was both a fun and fulfilling experience, as we took on roles to ensure a smooth and productive task of tending the tomato plants!Our afternoon consisted of making bucket chairs and pieces of rope! The beginnings of bucket chairs involved a group of students who realized the many uses a bucket can serve--from holding items to being [repurposed into] a portable "chair." Pictured below is a bucket chair previously made by student(s). What makes it particularly special are leaves from (herb) plants were placed on peel and stick vinyl, traced and then cut out, resulting in decorations for the bucket chair.
|The end product!|
Upon familiarization and being informed of the making of a bucket chair, we were given the opportunity to decorate and repurpose buckets into bucket chairs. As seen below, each of our designs was unlike the others, representing both individuality and creativity in connection to our surrounding environment. Overall, this activity was both enjoyable and relaxing, as we utilized materials--both natural and manmade, to bring a new vision to this object. This would be an engaging activity for students to participate in, because not only does it foster creativity, it also encourages recognizing materials that can be made anew.
|Chantelle using a plantain leaf to produce a decoration for her bucket chair ~|
|Pictured above are some of the bucket chairs the teacher candidates designed and created!|
|Strands of rope made from dried daylily leaves|
|Susan demonstrating how dried daylily leaves are used to make rope|