This article was originally published in theÂ Washington Island Observer
By Jessica Dennis
The beginning of May wasÂ a busy time for our fifthÂ grade students! We tookÂ a field trip to GatheringÂ Ground where Russell andÂ Alessandra Rolffs taughtÂ the students how to plant apple trees. The studentsÂ worked together in groupsÂ to dig holes, â€˜dunkâ€™ appleÂ trees in a fungi solution,and plant appropriatelyÂ without squishing anyÂ of the apple treesâ€™ delicateÂ roots. Every student hadÂ a blast! A week later,Â we welcomed Russell backÂ into our classroom to help plant tomatoes, peppers,Cosmos flowers, and some transplants from HootÂ Blossom Farm (marigolds,Â lettuce, and basil) into our raised garden beds!Â The students got downÂ and dirty, digging inÂ the soil to make sureÂ each plant had its properÂ spot and was watered thoroughly.Â We are hopeful to haveÂ a harvest of somethingÂ before the end of theÂ school year! A huge thankÂ you to Russell and Alessandra!
With the help of Alessandra Rolffs, Amanda plants an apple tree.
The fifth grade class planting in our raised garden beds donated to Gathering Ground for use by the Island School by summer resident Juliann Gardener of One Small Garden.
The fifth grade class listens respectfully as Russell Rolffs explains the process of â€œdunkingâ€ and planting the apple trees.
Fisher takes a leap in digging a hole for an apple tree.
PHOTOS BY JESSICA DENNIS