“Placitas Caterpillars” Garden Club

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Placitas Elementary (PES) After School Garden Club

Project Description:

The Placitas Caterpillars Garden Club is a fun after school club for grades 4-5.  The students have access to their very own outdoor garden space, green house and class meeting room.  The students plant, grow and pick their own crops like tomatoes, strawberries, basil, peppermint, and carrots to take home and eat.   A cabbage grown by the students won a blue ribbon at the NM State Fair last in 2015.  Master Gardeners assist the students and present to the students on interesting and age appropriate horticultural subjects throughout the school year.

The “Caterpillars” maintain an outdoor composting pile and an indoor worm composting bin.   The composted by-products are added to the garden for amending the soil.  The Club started a milk weed growing area last year, and became certified as a Monarch butterfly watch station.  The “Caterpillars” work on garden craft projects during the cold months, such as making fresh holiday wreaths and creating their own terrarium planters.

The Placitas Caterpillars received a high rating for student engagement in the 2015 school year from the auditors of 21st Century, the organization  that provides funding to the PES after school clubs.

Volunteers: 

Sandoval EXtension Master Gardeners come once a week during the school year to assist the teacher aide and to teach the students gardening subjects.   Master Gardeners develop the Caterpillar’s yearly garden club curriculum.

This project is open to public volunteer participation, also.  Contact the SEMG project Co-chairs for more information

Project Meeting Time:

Wednesday 2:50 pm – 3:45 pm from mid-August through late April except for school holidays and PES in-service days.

Contact Project Co-chairs:

Ginger Golden SEMG
Heidi Hamlow SEMG

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Upcoming Events

Dec
15
Tue
2020
1:30 pm SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Please join the monthly Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Advisory Council meeting. To receive the Zoom invitation please send an email to admin@sandovalmastergardeners.org. 
Dec
16
Wed
2020
3:00 pm Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings...
Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings...
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dr. Gill Giese of Extension Plant Sciences will present Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings, & Holiday Wine Pairings.  To register for the event go to https://desertblooms.nmsu.edu/ready-set-grow.html
Jan
6
Wed
2021
3:00 pm Houseplant Care
Houseplant Care
Jan 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Houseplant Care with John Garlisch Please register at https://desertblooms.nmsu.edu/ready-set-grow.html
Jan
19
Tue
2021
1:30 pm SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
Jan 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Please join the monthly Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Advisory Council meeting. To receive the Zoom invitation please send an email to admin@sandovalmastergardeners.org. 

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