March 31, 2010, Takilma, OR
By Daniel Dalegowski

Today the students planted seeds for plant sale at an upcoming Cave Junction Art Walk. Kelpie and Joe made a mixture of fish-emulsion- and kelp-based biochar and potting soil and filled pots for the students to plant. This project is not part of the biochar experiments that the students will perform later, but is instead an effort to produce a large number of plants to sell. Students are learning about how to start a small business and plants are something they can sell.

A flat of pots was prepared to every two students. In each flat there were generally six six-pack pots for small seeds and nine larger single pots for larger seeds. One flat could be transported from the greenhouse where the soil was mixed into the school where the labeling and planting occurred by the two students.

Inside the students first labeled the different pots with the names of the seeds they would plant. The labels were made from wooden skewers and masking tape. They resembled little flags proudly displaying the names of various vegetables. Many regular teachers and volunteers assisted the students in this labeling and planting process. In no particular order they were: Marjorie, Joe, Kelpie, Helen, Heather, and Marisa.

Once the flats were planted they were brought back out to the greenhouse and watered by a lucky student who got to operate the hose and sprayer.


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Kelpie and Joe mixing char and filling pots.

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Students transporting flat into building.


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Joe helping students plant.

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Helen helping students plant.


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Heather and Marisa helping students plant.

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Heather helping students plant.


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Heather helping students plant.

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Group shot of planting.


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Marisa helping students plant.

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Majori helping students plant.



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Students planting.

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Students planting.


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Placing the finished flats in the greenhouse.

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Students planting.


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Students planting.

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Closeup of labels.


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Watering the finished flats.

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The finished flats.