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This Year’s Garden At Smokey House

This year’s garden at Smokey House is dope.  At first I wasn’t excited about it, but eventually I started to enjoy gardening.  It’s like tacos – you don’t know why you like ’em, you just like ’em!  Or, it’s kind of more like a cake.  You have eggs, flour, sugar and other stuff.  Each is one thing that doesn’t taste good at all.  Then you put them together and it’s enjoyable. Some of the ingredients for a garden are tilling, weeding, digging, compost, fertilizer, starting seeds inside, transplanting them outside.  It’s very satisfying when the seeds sprout up from the ground.  It’s gonna be my new hobby!





For the past few weeks at Smokey House we’ve been doing a bean experiment to determine if different music can change the growth of a plant. I used two very different genres of music, country and rap, and one bean with no music. I chose music because it was the easiest topic and plants do not hear things. People say that music can effect plants, but plants cannot hear. My hypothesis was that the music would not affect the growth of the plants.


I planted five beans, labeled two country, two rap, and one control. Two listened to rap music, two listened to country, and one listened to nothing. They each listened to music an hour every Friday in different closets, with the lights off, and the music playing at the same volume on each device. I measured the height of the stalk length every other school day. I gave them each a third a cup of water every time we watered them.


Country #1 grew better than the rest of them. It grew 16cm by the end of the experiment, rap #2 and country #2 didn’t grow at all, rap #1 grew 1cm, and the control grew 2cm.


I believe plant country #1 grew a lot more than the other plants because it was listening to country music. Because the country music is softer and not as verbally abusive towards plants. I was completely off on my hypothesis because the country music did change the growth of the plant, and the rap music changed the growth in a bad way and made it so it did not grow as much.

Next time, I would switch the rap to rock and see if it is the genre of music that affects the plants rather than. Water is another thing that may have affected the plant growth, and the density of the soil. We should have made the amount of water and how it gets water a controlled variable. The end.

The Best Chicken And Rice In Wine (Modified)

For the last day of the POD, we modified this chicken and rice in wine recipe to meet our taste, budget, and legal needs. The original recipe called for four boneless chicken breasts, four tablespoons of butter, half a cup minced onion, two tablespoons minced garlic, one cup fresh mushrooms, one to two cups of chicken broth, half a cup dry white wine, and three-fourths of a cup of rice. Instead of wine we used nothing, because wine is illegal to have on school grounds. Instead of mushrooms we used carrots because we like carrots more. Instead of one cup chicken broth, we used beef and chicken bullion cubes because we didn’t have the broth. We used thighs instead of breasts to fit our budget. We used a cup of rice instead of three-fourths a cup. Finally, we added mixed Italian herbs.

Step 1: Brown the chicken in olive oil in a cast-iron skillet.

Step 2: Scatter onion and garlic over chicken.

Step 3: Add carrots, cook for five minutes.

Step 4: Add the rice.

Step 5: Pour broth over chicken and rice; make sure there is no rice on top of the chicken.

Step 6: Cover and cook for 20 minutes.

It came out delicious. No, it was not what I expected. The rice was really moist, and the texture was a little off, but it still tasted delicious, even though I don’t normally like rice. The carrots tasted good and the texture was soft and cooked. I believe the carrots gave the rice its moist and kind of sticky texture. In the end it was one of the best chicken and rice meals that I’ve ever had.IMG_9704

Benthic Dwellers


Though it is very common that there are organisms and micro-organisms that habit streams, rivers and lakes, it may catch you off guard how many there actually are! Today at the Smokey House center we had the chance to get our feet wet and our hands dirty. We partook in a lesson where the objective was to identify different types of organisms we found lying beneath the water that are visible to the human eye, also referred to as benthic macro-invertibrates. To my surprise we managed to find more than expected. The group of us pulled up dozens of organisms such as caddisfly’s, stonefly’s, aquatic worms and black fly’s. Everyone enjoys being in the water but few know how many different creatures dwell below them, chiefly during the winter.

Why people should come to the Smokey House program

IMG_6972Why should people come to the Smokey House?? Well there are many good things about this place. Not only is the Smokey House is such a wonderful place. We offer people so many positive things. We sell things from our garden, and we teach/learn different things everyday that help everyone in their outside life.

As for me being a student here, I never thought I would like  it here but turns out I love it here. I am not a person who likes school and does not like sitting in a class room just listening to teachers talk, but I love it here because you don’t just sit in a class room, we actually get outside and do different school related things. The Smokey House is the most friendliest place to be. Everyone respects each other, and you’re not always just sitting down and learning.

You do many different things outside. For example, we work in the garden and weed, pick crops etc. We go for hikes in the woods. We also go to the farms around us and learn about the things they do and how they make a living from it. I really have to say being here at the Smokey House this year is helping me a lot in my everyday outside life with my dad’s job that I help with. I’ve only been here for a week and a half, and I’ve learned more then I would in a actual high school.

The environment here is way better then high schools are and there are not many students here at the moment, but it’s nice to have less people the you would in a regular class room. It’s easier to get along better and the students here are the best people you could be around. I don’t really like talking to a lot of people, but here I talk to everyone because of how nice it is to be able to feel respected  and over all you can trust them. We make things more fun then a regular school would. We actually get out in the environment and are more active while we are learning.

I think this is the best place to go to school because its all hands on not just reading out of books. If this does not seem like anything important to you then please just come and visit us, just so you can see how we do things and if you would like it.