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Community Scents. And Good Sense.

Bringing unique opportunities for learning to the communities we serve is something very important to us.  This Week @ Kirtland, we saw students at the Grayling Elementary School sniff their way around while learning about wolf packs, thanks to the efforts of naturalist and retired Kirtland instructor Tom Dale.  And, while we weren’t howling and learning about habitats, we welcomed local expert Tika Cowie to help cultivate our growing interest in organic food, hoop houses and four-season farming.

Wolf Songs with Tom Dale

Wolf Songs with Tom Dale

The kids especially enjoyed using their sense of scent and body language to find their “pack” during Tom’s presentation – just like the real wolves do!  Using different scents placed on cotton balls in small plastic canisters – and no talking! – these kid-wolves sniffed their way around the room until they found the pack that smelled just like their own canister.  These packs then linked arms and went off to stake out their own habitats.  What a great way to learn about wolves and how they adapt and survive!  (to see more…check out the photos posted on the Kirtland Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kirtlandcc!)

And for a dose of good sense, Kirtland instructor Jen Sieszputowski brought Tika Cowie out to the Roscommon campus to present an awesome session on organic gardening – How to do it.  Where to start.  And why organically-grown foods make good sense for young and old alike!  Tika’s family runs the Cleaner Living Farm in Mio, MI.  Not only is she passionate about good food, she is willing to share her knowledge with our students, staff and community members.  In addition to teaching us about organic foods, Tika keeps a positive personal blog about organic farming, experiences with four-season organic farming, hoop houses, season extension, sustainability, self-efficiency, self-reliance, homesteading, food preservation, health promotion, wellness and much, much more!

Organic Gardening with Tika Cowie

Organic Gardening with Tika Cowie

The Cleaner Living Farm wants to cultivate your understanding of organic farming, hoop house greenhouses and branching out into four-season farming, and Tika and her family are passionate about feeding our community.  Kirtland is glad to have an amazing resource like Tika – thanks for the visit!  If you’re ready to start putting your interest in organic farming into good sense, check out the Cleaner Living Farm blog at http://bit.ly/YJA3aA or join their Facebook following at http://on.fb.me/1047yB8.

 

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Your future.  It’s closer than you think.  And it all begins @ Kirtland!