elementary carbon cycling

Today we had a chance to spend the morning with 3rd graders from Creekside Elementary School and the BHSU Sustainability program. Together, we explored the function of animals on the farm and delved into the carbon cycle, observing that nature doesn’t farm without animals. There was also a seemingly necessary amount of ogling chickens and snuggling lambs.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe peeked in the greenhouse to see how things had changed since their classmates had been out to visit the farm in early March. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and discussed the benefits of rotational grazing and farm animal poop as regards to sequestering soil carbon and mitigating climate change. The students brainstormed a whole suite of ways we can personally reduce the amount of CO2 we are contributing to the atmosphere: riding bicycles and walking, not wasting electricity, planting trees, recycling, growing your own food or eating food grown locally. Smart kids.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdditional, tangential topics covered this morning included: food miles, butchering livestock, growing cabbages, alternative energy, hogs used for tree stump removal, the indispensable function of pollinators, annuals vs. perennials, and how riding bicycles is the smartest thing ever. And we did a few jumping jacks.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a great quote from Robert Michael Pye (from The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland), where he talks about the extinction of experience, how people are losing personal contact with nature, how all-round bad that is, and how we need to get our act together and remedy this. “People who care conserve; people who don’t know don’t care. What is the extinction of the condor to a child who has never known a wren?” Like natural areas and open spaces, we seem to have grown disconnected to agriculture, farms, food production. And similarly, as we’ve become more removed from where our food comes from, we’ve set in motion a cycle of disaffection. Bring kids to a farm, introduce them to lambs and chickens and talk about soil fertility and humane slaughter, and it leads to not just an awareness, but a sense of responsibility. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat a treat to be able to share our farm with you. Big thanks, all!

One thought on “elementary carbon cycling

  1. Thank you for teaching the children and getting them in touch with nature. You are doing such good work. Thank you! Your pictures are so great. I love especially the last one of the 3 little lambies!

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