Journey To the Market

At first the market was hard, scary, and different than what i usually do: it was a task to open up to the public with a group. Although it was a great experience, it was also very stressful for me, but I overcame it and got threw my day. Setting up the market wasn’t too bad, but sitting there trying to sell the stuff was a bit harder. The moral of the story was that it was a great way to teach me how to be more social and aware of my surroundings while in public. Moving forward i hope to overcome my social fears and reach my goal to become more open and willing to talk and help.IMG_0208

First Week at the Market

Last week was our first week at the market. We did horribly, and we barely sold anything. We had all kinds of stuff to sell, but it didn’t really sell well at all. No one really liked the crafts we had, or our bread. The reason why I think is because there was a guy right next to us selling bread, and a guy right across from us selling crafts. At the end we made a total of $40.50. It’s a good amount for a start, but next time I am hoping we get $50-$60. Next time we will have other products like blueberry muffins and more jams, and I hope we will be able to make a little bit more money.

Through out the day we pretty much just sat and waited and waited and waited and waited and waited and waited then we packed up and left. The end…

My Day At Yap

When I started off at Yap I was a bit worried about the weather; it was a gloomy, the rain was drizzling down, and the mist was covering the mountainside. We first started out in the garden,imagethen afterwords we went inside and had lunch. That afternoon we went up to the wood to get trees to make walking sticks. the hike up the hill was really nice (especially the view of the mountainside), and we found quite a few nice trees to make walking stick out of. Once we took down the tree, we started to debark them. By that time it was time to go home. My first day at YAP was really enjoyable.

 

Tutorial Center Work and Chores

The senior YAP group started the morning off by mixing up our dough for bread, cleaning up after. While waiting for the bread dough to rise we went out to the garden, to weed and mulch. Senior YAP group also went out and collected saplings to make walking sticks. We also collect various sized sticks to turn into garden stakes. Most everything we collected, made, or even have grown we sell at our farmers market. At the end off the day we generally do tiding up making the center clean and nice for the next day.

To  start the bread dough we first must wash our hands, followed by getting out all ingredients that may be needed, including the pans and bowls. When measuring we weigh exact amounts and mix everything together, but while doing so we have a group of people that take turns doing everything. Once everything is mixed the dough is ready to sit and rise. Once the dough has sat we cut the dough into smaller parts, to be shaped for loafs. After that is done it’s ready to go into the oven.the bread while baking smells so amazing!

For collecting saplings we tried to thin out larger groups, or clusters of baby trees so that other organisms have room to survive. When choosing a walking sticks they have to be big enough so that it won’ t snap under pressure and once bark is removed theres still enough wood left for decoration. Just always remember be creative. When gathering diffrent sized sticks for garden markers, the group scouts out ones that are long and good shaped. Once you take back the bark, sand it smooth, write the name of plant or whatever you may need on there, and then tap lightly in to ground and the marker’s good to go.

When the day comes to an end we clean dishes, sweap the floor, do double check of things from the day, and say goodbye see you tomorrow. I enjoy the different work that goes on here and the people that help.

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First week of work

The first week of work was fun. We worked in the garden, took a hike, cut some trees down, made walking sticks, baked some bread, and I got a new pair of boots. Taking a hike and baking the bread was fun because I haven’t done it in a while and I met new people.  I wasn’t the only one working in the garden, and with others helping it was easier, we got done a lot quicker witch made that more fun. It was also fun because I was doing pretty much the same things during the school year but this time I’m getting paid.

5 Months At Smokey House

At first I didn’t want to come here.  My mom told me it was here, or nothing.  So I came here, and at first I didn’t like it.  Then I liked it because it was different from regular school.  How?  Everything! Instead of sitting in a classroom, getting frustrated and bored and sleepy and fidgety, I am being active in the garden and around the pond and in the woods, learning about stuff as we do it, not just listening.

Some of the things I like here are being in the woods, noticing stuff happen, hands-on learning, a lot of being physical instead of sitting and watching.  Some of the things I’ve studied are about the plants and bugs in the garden, tree identification, about macro-invertebrates, tapping maple trees, baking bread, and woodcrafts.  You’re learning as you’re doing it.  You stop and talk about why certain things do this and other things do that, for example, how beavers build their dams and how they affect roadways and fields.

There’s nothing I dislike about this place.  I plan to stay here for future years.

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What’s Eating the Mint?

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Mint attacked by four-lined plant bug

 

Mint and other herbs generally should be pest free, so it really “bugs” me when I find something has been eating them.  The damage seems worse than usual this year, perhaps because of the cool, damp spring.  It’s only this week that I figured out what makes those annoying black dots on the upper leaves of my peppermint, as well as on the lemon balm and sage.

 

 

Four-lined plant bug
Four-lined plant bug on sage

Some internet sleuthing got me to the answer – “four-lined plant bug”.  I’d never heard of it before, and I had never caught it in action until I knew what to look for.  It’s a small bug, about the size of a striped cucumber beetle, and depending on its stage, has yellow and black stripes with orange or red coloring as well.  It feeds on leaf tissue, leaving spots and holes, sometimes causing leaves to shrivel up.  The good news is that the bug only goes through one life cycle each summer; the damage to the plant is finite and mainly aesthetic.   There is not much one can do for management beyond cleaning up leaves and stems at the end of the season, so there is no place for them to overwinter.  I will just continue to snip and discard the affected plants, and in the fall cut back and clear the bed more carefully.