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Kids' Council Minutes 05.10.21

Kids’ Council 2021.05.10

Village School


Forest Garden


Kids-Alok (late), Forest, Gaia, Luca, Luuk, Max, Meira, Oakley (late), Ramona, Stone, Willow,

Adults-Bud Vieira (visitor), Gabriel, Liz (notes)

Please Note

We are planning a trip to Cherokee and want to bring some potted plants as gifts. If you have any of these plants that you’re willing to give up, please let us know so we could come get some and pot them up:

Lemon Verbena


Pineapple sage

Milky oats (seed)

Agenda (60 minutes)

05- Meditation

05- Announcements

45- Proposals/discussions:

05- Elderberries from Geoff

10- Cherokee trip and gifts

15- Chick update and next steps

15- State of the Forest Garden

05- Review box and tasks


The chick is currently at Joseph’s.

My birthday was yesterday.

Mona gets 30 minutes of teaching school since it was her birthday.

Esme’s birthday party at 2pm today in Hut Hamlet field Hearth. Today is her actual birthday.

My dad is getting married on Friday in Hawaii.

Elderberries from Geoff

Geoff sent Gabo an email. He has several potted elderberry plants that he would donate to us/FG if we want to plant them. I think we could plant them where the old driving bridge used to be. There is a gap in the ground cover there, and the plants could go there to help hold soil. We could do some work at Geoff’s in exchange (potting up elderberries). Are we interested? Thumbs up.

Cherokee trip and gifts

Gabo talking with Tyson who lives in Cherokee. We’ve made a tentative date to go at the end of this month. The idea of the trip is to go do some work in their garden. We’ll help in their garden, and we are also actually receiving a gift from them to learn about their place, hear stories. So we’re receiving something big and I’d like to bring gifts. They’ve asked for potted plants. Any other ideas for gifts? Or thoughts about trip?

-Are we going to do what we were going to do last time but we didn’t? (getting pizza after) Request heard.

-Are we going on the 24th? Yes, that’s the tentative date but may not be that date.

-Which car are we going in? Need to figure that out. More than 1.

-What plants have they asked for? Lemon verbena, spilanthes, pineapple sage, milky oats

-Where would we get those plants? Milky oats seed. The nursery may have some. We could find someone who has those plants and ask if we could take some of theirs to divide and pot up. I don’t think the nursery here would have most of those. We might want to give them one of those elderberries from Geoff. What’s lemon verbena? It’s like an herb people use for stuff. Pineapple sage kind of smells like pineapple. Maybe Leon has some of those things. Good idea. We could go to Painter’s to buy some plants that we may not have here. We can announce in our minutes, “if you have these plants that you’re willing to give up--please let us know so we could come get some and pot some.” We could also do a work trade for plants from folks.

-Any other gift ideas? Rocks, cookies, food, pizza, we could make tacos or tortillas while we’re there.

-Could I speak a different language? I think everyone there speaks English. Maybe some speak Tsalagi (Cherokee language in their language).

-While we’re there visiting at Cherokee, it’s important that we show them respect. What are some ways we might show respect? Not interrupting. Listening to their requests about where to plant plants, following instructions. Do everything the best we can. Do good work. Not make fun of their language or culture. Listen carefully and don’t speak over others. We can probably laugh and have fun sometimes, but only at appropriate times--not at something that’s serious. Being careful where we walk in the garden. Don’t pick the food or flowers without asking or being offered. What about whacking things--NO WAY--that’s the opposite of what we want to do--unspoken rule.

Chick update and next steps

What do you know about the chick situation?

-The chick is cute and likes to eat ants.

-The enclosure shall be done soonish--Stone working on it--assuming all my materials are available and batteries are charged, within next couple days.

-Chick doesn’t need heat any more.

-There is currently an injured pullet in with black chick--are you all willing to take care of her too? Yes. What’s a pullet? Answer: A future laying hen. Okay so not like a mullet.

-Brooder needs to be emptied tomorrow so Liz can clean out brooder for new chicks.

-Can someone help Stone? After school. Too many people would be too much. 2 or 3 helpers at the most. Stone could work on it during deep dive time today.

TASK: Willow and Irsa pick up wire cage and chicks tomorrow morning before school. They’ll have to leave Market early to do that task get here on time.

Once the chicks are here, they have needs.

-Food--we could get a lot of ants from over there where there are lots of ants, I don’t think we could feed 2 chicks for a long time on ants alone. We could maybe get some food from the other chickens and then supplement with ants and crickets. We could each feed them a tiny bit of our lunch. Also need to consider feeding over the weekend. We could feed them worms, grubs, crickets. They would forage on their own when they are out of their cage. I think we should also have some normal chicken feed. We could maybe do some cricket farming and sunflower growing. We could all donate $3 and buy some chicken feed. All I have in the entire world is $3 and some leaps. (Stone needs to get a job). Is everyone willing to put in $3 to feed the chick? 5 of us are not willing to put in $3. Maybe we could do some kind of work trade for chicken feed. Who is related to those chicks? Liz and Rachel. Is there a possibilty of doing some work trade for chicken feed? Yes, that could be possible. Could we get some starter chicken feed on credit for some future work trade? Yes.

-Water--better water container--Liz will donate waterer

-Blankets? Maybe not

-Bedding--like pine shavings--could we use sawdust from Paul’s shop? Haybales over there (but they are wet). Grassy area we could mow and put up some hay. But not for first round of bedding.

State of the Forest Garden

Report of how things are going. What’s going on? What do we see/notice? What is going well? What’s awesome, special, beautiful? What is needed or challenging or difficult or needs attention?

-We almost finished the rock path. It doesn’t quite look great. Needs weeding

-north facing slope is the most epic trillium patch at Earthaven as far as I know.

-lots more rebar, and at least one in the garden.

-Question about the soil samples--want to follow up.

-need to pull poison ivy! It’s going to go everywhere!

-Bamboo shoots in the garden need attention.

-Bells got re-hung!

-Mowing happened in the garden beds

-Training Arena got covered in sifted sand

-Everything is leafing out!

-We could make something special around the dawn redwoods since they’re really rare.

-Bamboo shoot knocking on the other side of the creek--we knocked a lot and there’s more to knock--and it was fun to do. I noticed a lot of shoots coming up along the road.


  • Willow and Irsa pick up wire cage and chicks tomorrow morning from Liz’s site before school. They’ll have to leave Market early to do that task to get here on time.

  • Stone to complete chick shelter and collect bedding and waterer.

In the Box:

Rate your interest on a scale of 1-3. 1 = not so interested and 3 = very interested

  • Bell agreements <<1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1>>

  • Kids strawberry patch <<3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3 , 3, 3, 3, 3>>

  • Hut Hamlet playground <<1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1>>

  • Bike workshop <<3, 3, 2, 1, 2, 2, 3, 2, 1, 2, 1, 3>>

  • Human powered school shuttle <<3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3, 1, 3, 3, 1>>

  • Nature museum <<1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2>>

  • Dairy delivery cart 2.0 <<3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 1, 3, 1, 1>>

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