Wednesday afternoons at Conserve School are dedicated to Stewardship in Action. Every week, students, staff, and graduate fellows work together on a list of service projects around campus. This past Wednesday turned out to be a beautiful, warm, and sunny Fall afternoon that allowed us to have fun and accomplish many different projects. Some students had the opportunity to work with Melissa Simpson, an Ecologist from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, to collect tree seeds around campus. These seeds will be used to help start a tree nursery at Conserve so we are able to grow trees to add to our forest. A couple of groups finished constructing 20 garden beds, filling the beds with soil and compost, and preparing the apple trees for the winter. The 20 new garden beds will be used to grow more food for the Conserve School community to enjoy. We have also started to plant cold-weather crops in some of the garden beds under the new hoop houses and will be able to enjoy salad greens, spinach, kale, and other veggies throughout the Fall.
Some other projects that were accomplished during Stewardship in Action this week included painting posts to mark the state line between WI and MI on Conserve’s property, baking yummy treats in the kitchen for everyone to eat, helping in the school office, and constructing a roof for our compost bins. Everyone’s hard work was greatly appreciated!
Stewardship in Action is one way that we can give back to the Conserve School community and to the natural places around us.
Thank you to Jean Haack for the SIA pictures this week.