Middle School Land and Livestock News

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Coleman prepares to meet the hive.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Land and Livestock crew: Samantha, Kristina, Helen, Dylan, Hunter, Heather, Jon, and Franklin. They’ve weeded gardens, planted seeds for fall vegetables (peas, lettuce, carrots, and arugula), cleaned the coop, gathered and cleaned eggs, checked the bees, and maintained many bird feeders. Last week, several current and former L&L members spoke to about 80 members of the Wake County Bee Keepers Association. The students shared their knowledge of beekeeping and their experiences with caring for our bees and harvesting their honey. They also thanked the organization for the donation of a hive, 10 beekeeping protective suits, and the advice and support that it has provided for our bee work. This week, the L&L crew purchased apples, peaches, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes at the NC State Farmers Market and baked several delicious pies for the MS community.

The students love taking care of the chickens.

We also welcomed four new hens to our flock last week. These “young ones” should start laying in about a month. They bring our total number of chickens to 19 hens and one very happy rooster. Currently, a few of our hens are molting and, thus, are not laying eggs as they shed their old feathers and prepare for their “newer” looks. We’re still collecting many eggs per day, and if you’d like to purchase our delicious eggs, please sign up to do so either with Stephanie at the front desk or with an L&L crew member at the MS.

To learn more about Land and Livestock and all the wonderful things our Middle School has to offer, join us for an Open House on Sunday, October 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Middle School campus.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Arehart