On friday April 25th I spent the day volunteering at the SC Ag Museum helping run a 3rd grad field trip. The 3rd graders from Liberty Elementary school visited the ag museum to learn about agriculture as it relates to their science standards. I helped run the seed cup table where we taught the children how to make home made biodegradable seedcups from newspaper. During another rotation I taught the children about aquaponics. Holly Benenhaley brought her portable aquaponics system out to the museum, but due to class she had to leave early. I got about a 15 minute crash course on how the system worked and got to see Holly do 2 presentations to small groups of students before I took over that station. I presented to 6 more groups of students, so about 60 kids. I was able to relate the system back to their standards of the plant growth cycle as well as incorporating some other facts for them such as the fact that fish have been grown in aquaculture systems since 100 BC by the Egyptians! The children’s favorite part of Holly’s presentations was to my horror when she caught a goldfish in her hand and let them touch it. Third graders love to touch and feel things so when it was my turn to present I let them touch the plant growing media, the lava rocks, and yes I even caught the fish. Over all this experience was very rewarding because I learned alot about making seedcups and about aquaponics/aquaculture, and I got experience working with small kids which was something I have had very little experience doing.
These are photos that I took of everyone that was there with me that day. Though I know that there are pictures of me working with the kids I do not actually have any. I was hoping to get some photos from the museum director or from the elementary school teachers, but I have never received an email from anyone with pictures of me that were taken.
Above (playing with things from the historical toys exhibit)
Below (the cleanup crew waiting on us to come down after putting away tools upstairs)
On April 16th many students from the AgEd415/615 class came out to the SC Ag Museum and volunteered their time. Some students worked with hedge trimmers and weed eaters trimming kudzu and clearing weeds/brush. Some students helped dig rows for a garden, and some students did some landscaping work. I worked with Carl, Casey Anne, and Mackenzie mulching around the building and getting rid of weeds. We had a lot of fun working together and we built camaraderie while doing a lot of good making the museum look better. I personally gained great experience working with my peers as well as one good workout from mulching.
On April 11th I volunteered for the first time at the Bart Garrison SC Ag Museum. One classmate of mine and a group of CU sorority girls helped the museum director build a greenhouse. Overall this experience was very fun. Because of a personal love of DIY projects and build it yourself furniture I was able to read the greenhouse plans and explain them to some of the girls who didn’t understand where to start. That is not to say that they were not helpful, because without all of the volunteers there that day we probably would not have finished it in the amount of time we did. This experience gave me leadership experience and helped build something useful for the museum.
My aunts neighbor has baby goats and he put the cutest little sweaters on them ever and all I want to do is cuddle with them forever and ever okay?
Are y’all tired of this view yet? Good, cause I’m not either… #appalachia #mountains (at Single Tree Farm)