Field Trip of 2012 May

Ecology For Me-ology!

The First thing in the morning last Wednesday, my grade went to Windermere Community School.  It was the first field trip of the year and I was exceedingly excited. We went there to learn more about how to make a more positive impact on the earth and learning about how it worked.  Once there we were guided by two grade 12 boys, who showed us around the garden. Beauty was implanted into the garden and the surrounding courtyard with mosaics and beautiful rail sleepers. They planted many crops including: Dill, Basil, Pepper, Asparagus, Tomato, Gooseberries, Garlic, Apples, and Strawberries. Techniques for agriculture used were in all ways eco-friendly. One of these Eco-Friendly Techniques was an Irrigation system which saved more water than sprinklers, they practiced crop-rotation (meaning every season they switched crops), and they had mason bee’s to help with pollination. One more amazing fact was that everything in the café was compostable; even tableware!  I found they had an amazing program in which they took the compost from seven elementary schools and bring it to an enormous ‘Earth Tub’ where they could do industrial scale composting; which was needed for their sum of 200ilbs a week .I also learned they had an apprenticeship program in the cafeteria where they could learn how to cook and help cook with the cafeteria lady and they (sometimes) would skip the first year of university level cooking because they trained with her. Overall I think anyone would agree Windermere is one cool school.

After that we went to the last working farm in Vancouver located in the UBC campus. In fact it was the UBC farm with a system of hiring students from UBC to work it. It’s called a ‘teaching & learning’ farm meaning that they have student tours. They also had several crops: Hops (a basic alcohol herb), Peanuts, Grapes, Clover, Snap Peas, Blueberries, Salmonberries, Blackberries, Thimble berries. Each of these plants, I had a basic knowledge of, and I found that they did not go very much into detail. Nonetheless, they made up for it with the description about honey bees. They have roughly a quarter million bees in a twenty foot square area!  I found all the facts about bees amazing, for example: did you know a queen bee can lay two-thousand eggs a day? Wow! All in all I found the place special and even more so for being the last working farm of Vancouver.

The more I learned about this subject the more I wanted to learn. I would like to take action by educating myself more about plants, animals, their habitats and native cultures like the Musqium found on the farm. In my opinion it was a field trip that I will never think negatively of.


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