Welcome to the end of October (just about)! This is the time of year when we are gleaning the last of our summer crop to prep ourselves for winter darkness and cozy hibernation. Along the lines of that theme, we will be doing a community apple harvest this week, as well as tending to the garden at the school.
Our Shao Shan Farm visit was a success last week and we are looking forward to potentially working more with Scott in the future. We had all hands on deck as we weeded the bed of Chinese Broccoli. Some highlights that stand out in my memory are sitting at the far end of the bed with Tyler, Jacob and Wiley as they past around a caterpillar, and kept each other in check. Also, watching Maddie run towards the goats, leaping over the beds in excitement. Mauricio was enthusiastic about pulling the largest purslane he could get his hands on. Everyone was in high spirits, and getting a chance to connect with Scott was a real pleasure!
This coming week, in regards to our community apple harvest, we will be going to three different houses in the neighborhood to collect apples. We will also have a group of kids and college students stay at the school to work in the garden alongside Sarah. Apple picking generally consists of some mellow tree climbing and mild acrobatics that tend to engage the kids in a positive way.
The hope is that we collect enough apples to make treats and cider for the Harvest Fair on November 9. Bo-Stin kids will also have the opportunity to work the Stewards booth on said date and sell what they have made. These details are still TBD.
On October 31st, we will not have Stewards, giving the Bo-Stin kids plenty of time for Halloween tricks and treats. I will send an email next week with details about the following session on November 7th, so stay tuned.
I also have confirmed our date for camping which is November 15th. We have reserved the site. Look for an email to follow with more details on this!
Looking forward to seeing all the kiddos