Girl Scout composts her way to Silver Award

Local girl scout Sara Rott decided to do her Silver Award on the junior high garden.  One major component was starting a composting system.  In addition to educating her peers, she also helped with the mechanics of the system so that it will continue for years.

Here are two of the signs she made.  One set will hang at the elementary school; the other at the junior high.

Also, she built this screen to harvest finished compost.  Days after she delivered it, we used it at Family Fun Day.

This is an excerpt of what she wrote about her project in her final report:

My experience with this project has brought new light to how a community can come together to help.  With my voice and my research in composting and building a school garden, kids and adults started to listen.  When people started to see the results of the garden and started enjoying the flowers and vegetables that were being grown, my efforts were worth trying.  My composting helped the garden to make soil instead of buying it.  What was being grown and eaten was being recyled back into soil.  This great achievement has brought awareness not only to me but to my school mates, teachers, our district supervisor, principals, and school board members.

Who’s got a new owl box? We do, that’s hoooo….

Couldn’t resist.  🙂

Sara Itogawa, a local girl scout, decided to do her Silver Award on a natural rodent control project by researching, funding and managing the installation of an owl box on our school campus.  The Garden Club partnered with her by helping to upgrade the box to a model with an installed camera, so the school can get live video feed when a owl takes up residence and lays eggs.  Sara wants to educate other kids about the dangers of poisoning pests such as rats and gophers.  One serious problem is that when pests consume toxic bait, the animals are sometimes then eaten by owls, and the poision moves up the food chain, ultimately killing birds.  Creating habitat for natural predators is one alternative to traditional poisons.

The box went in this week!

Tom Stephens from Air Superiority in Ramona below, scoping out the best place for the box.  This spot was chosen because it’s north-facing, overlooks a flat “hunting” area (the junior high fields), and is protected on the backside by a stand of trees.  This is the slope that edges the garden (you can see the pergola in the background.)

The camera is mounted inside. The box is erected on a 16 ft. pole.

Sara, me and Mr. Duffy, who along with Mr. Pierce, was a great help in helping Sara figure out logistics for running the electric/video wiring.

We’re proud of you Sara.  Can’t wait for owls!