“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle
The mission of The Earth Project is simple: To build connections to the earth and to one another. Yet manifesting that mission in an active school environment can be a challenge. Parents are busy. Children have a lot on their plates. Gardening is not a Common Core subject. Despite any of that, our garden educator Tara Migliore-Potter is working with the help of Earth Project (EP) volunteers to weave that thread of connection ever stronger.
EP volunteers meet the school where it is at this point and time. We look at the web of school life and see how the garden and conservation projects connect us all. Enter the Pathfinder Wreath Garden. Every winter, Pathfinder volunteers scour bushes, shrubs, trees, and Christmas Tree lots for greenery to create wreaths that fund our Outdoor Education program. Our idea for a wreath garden came from this tradition – We could start our own grove of attractive wreath-worthy plants!
Tara started picking out plants today for the wreath space. It will take some work to prepare the area for planting – our children are proficient pruners and weeders and will make quick work of it. There will also be an education piece to this project informing teachers, staff, students, and visitors that this area will include plants that are not for nibbling. However, we have taken care to select plants with very low toxicity to protect anyone who does venture a taste. We envision that this will be an area that will grow to include more plants, adding winter color and providing a beautiful buffer on the edge of the Pathfinder Garden.
For more information about how you can help with the Pathfinder garden, contact Tara at tamigliore(at)seattleschools.org.
by Tasha Mosher