Lunch scraps are being turned into plant food at a local elementary school, thanks to a new recycling program and lots of environmentally conscious students. Dutch Fork Elementary School in Irmo is participating in a pilot program to reduce the amount of food waste the school sends to the landfill, school and Lexington-Richland District 5 officials said in a news release. For more about this click here to read the article.
A few days ago, Dave, Mary, and Bonnie gathered up all of the kids and took us outside to our raised garden beds. The older kids were each assigned a younger kid then were assigned to a garden bed. Each group was given a vegetable to plant. All of the veggies were crops that grow in the winter. Some of the vegetables we planted were cauliflower, lettuce, Swiss chard, and broccoli. Sara and I got cabbage. After we read how far apart the plants were supposed to be planted, we started planting them. We planted eight of them. When we were done, I went to help Phillip and Naomi plant romaine lettuce. About the time we finished, everyone started heading to the front of the school to start weeding. We weeded for the rest of the afternoon, even though those little things will always come back. Next thing you know, we will have a beautiful garden.
For 50 years, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) has presented conservation Awards to individuals and organizations who have played a major role in conserving South Carolina’s natural resources for future generations.
2016 Conservation Award Winners:
Education Award: Dutch Fork Elementary Academy of Environment
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative has leased property from the Pickens County School District to build a solar farm behind the district’s Career and Technology Center and Chastain Elementary School that could be used as an educational facility as well as generating electricity for Blue Ridge customers.