Students from Belmont Charter High School, just around the corner from our nursery, have been helping LandHealth with site development and maintenance this fall, and learning while they work.
Students from Belmont’s STRIPES program spent some of their biology and urban ecology field time at the nursery in October and November. Students learned about the various urban habitats we maintain at the site, and helped out with the physical work of maintaining part of our “savanna” habitat, which is a mosaic that consists of urban grassland punctuated with trees.
Here is a link to a report on this project by A. Archer, one of the STRIPES students: https://www.belmontcharternetwork.org/stripes-partners-with-landhealth-2/
Other Belmont High School students have started their 2021-2022 internship, which is geared toward learning many of the work skills connected to the LandHealth nursery operation, from the physical work of potting and organizing plants to plant care to the preparation of plant orders.
As we wind down the nursery operation for the winter, some of our clients are getting in the last chance to put native plantings in place and get a jump on next spring. In addition to installations at clients’ homes, we participated in plant sales at The Food Trust farmer’s markets at Fitler Square and in our own neighborhood in Parkside, giving folks a chance to learn about native plants while they shop for fresh vegetables. In the coming months, we’ll be preparing for spring 2022!