Posted on 09 March 2017.
Class Member “Learning to Do” Preparing 2016 Gardens. Photo courtesy FFA.
Just like the robin, and the appearance of seed catalogues, the announcement of the opening of registration for the Cedar Springs FFA Community Gardens is one faithful sign that winter is drawing to a close.
Agriscience students and FFA members are learning what must be done to prepare and plant a garden in western Michigan. “We hope to be able to supply many free transplants for the plots. The seedlings are to be grown in the High School Plant Science class, and by FFA members. We provide hand tools, and we rototill the gardens for community member before they take over,” said Larry Reyburn, local FFA Advisor. Big help has come from the area Fire Departments, who take turns filling the water tank used on the gardens.
Any member of the community that is interested in having their own plot should contact Reyburn at the high school by phone at 616-696-1200 extension 6131, or by email at Larry.Reyburn@csredhawks.org.
For over 70 years the FFA at Cedar has focused on serving others and developing its member’s leadership and personal growth.
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Posted on 01 September 2016.
Teresea Schlump, Campus Kids Director
The students attending the Campus Kids Summer program are having so much fun! We have been very active not only on campus, but by going on lots of enjoyable field trips!! One of the goals of Campus Kids is to offer our students many new opportunities to experience different activities. We are always searching for new places to take the students to expose them to new educational, cultural, and athletic opportunities. To meet this goal, we have traveled to lots of places not only in Cedar Springs, but in our surrounding communities. For example, some of our students have had a golf lesson at Cedar Chase, experienced a ninja obstacle course at Rockfit Ninja Gym, fed the fish at the Paris Park Fish Hatchery, picked berries at Krupp’s Farm, watched a baseball game at the Whitecaps, and shot bows and arrows at WM Archery Center in Rockford. In all, we will go on 36 field trips this summer!! Sometimes we take everyone, and other times we take a smaller group of students. One of the other goals of the Campus Kids program is to spend a large portion of the day outside. This summer, we have spent approximately 60% of the day outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Some of the activities we have done when we are on campus have ranged from crafting to STEM activities to challenge our minds, walking/running club, building and playing on a giant slip and slide, growing vegetables in the Community Garden, journaling, playing charades, and preparing and eating healthy snacks. We have also done some community service work by picking up trash on campus.
Campus Kids – Before and After School Care
Campus Kids is a State Licensed Day Care program and we are preparing for school start. We offer Before and After School Care throughout the school year. Campus Kids opens at 6:00am at both Cedar Trails Elementary and Beach Elementary. We do activities throughout the morning, and then serve a light breakfast. We dismiss the students in time to get to their class at either Cedar Trails, Beach, or Cedar View. Cedar Trails students may attend Campus Kids at their school, while Beach and
Cedar View students may attend at Beach. In the afternoons, Campus Kids opens at 3:30pm for students at the same locations. A healthy snack is served and homework help and fun activities are offered until 6:00pm. To enroll, please complete and return a registration packet before September 1, 2016 to reserve your spot. Packets may be picked up at Cedar Trails, or they can be found on-line at csredhawks.org. There is a $20 annual registration fee for one child or $35 for a family. Rates are $8.00 a morning or afternoon, or $15 for both on the same day. Parents complete a schedule of days that they need care, and they are billed a month in advance for services.
For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children. Please call (616) 696-1716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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Posted on 09 April 2015.
It is once again that time of year! The Cedar Springs FFA is sponsoring its annual community gardens again this year. Under this program community members can utilize a 20 x 20 garden plot. Residents can grow vegetables, fruit, and even flowers.
Local advisor Mr. Larry Reyburn reports, “Thanks to our many sponsors, the FFA is able to provide tillage, seed, fertilizer, and water.” FFA members are working after school and several Agriscience classes have been involved in the work and planning of this community service project. “This not only allows our members to learn by doing, but they also have a hand in a great community service project,” added Reyburn.
The Chapter his asking for a nominal fee of $20 to offset costs, however, scholarships are available for those seeking assistance. “For those who like the outdoors and wholesome food, this may be the ticket to a fun and productive summer,” Reyburn added. “It is our hope that we can especially offer this program to area residents that would like to produce their own food with their own efforts!”
The Chapter would like to thank Gleaner Insurance Company for sponsoring the scholarships.
Please contact Larry Reyburn if interested. Phone 616-799-4968 or email email@example.com.
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Posted on 05 June 2014.
Erika and Dave setting posts for the community garden.
FFA member, Nate Shoen (l) and Advisor Larry Reyburn (r), accept donation from Gleaner Insurance representative Gary Mills (Center).
The class doing rototiller work in the garden.
By FFA Reporter Riley Ross
Do you like fresh produce? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you concerned about what chemicals might be in your food? Well the Cedar Springs FFA has just the thing for you! The FFA is sponsoring community gardens again this year. Under this program community members can utilize 20 x 20 garden plots. Residents can grow vegetables, fruit, and even flowers!
The FFA is providing tillage, seed, fertilizer, and water. FFA members have worked after school and several Agriscience classes have been involved in the work and planning of this community service project.
“This not only allows our members to learn by doing, but they also have a hand in a great community service project,” remarked advisor Larry Reyburn.
The Chapter is asking for a nominal fee of $20 to offset costs, however, scholarships are available for those seeking assistance. “This is not a hand out, but a hand up”, added Reyburn. “It is our hope that we can especially offer this program to area residents that would like to produce their own food with their own efforts!”
Please contact Larry Reyburn if interested firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on 12 May 2011.
The Cedar Springs FFA has received approval from the School Administration to launch a new “Community Garden Project.” Advisor Larry Reyburn announced that the project is just a beginning to future experiences. “We hope that this marks the first year of an annual event in our community,” he said.
The group plans to prepare garden plots measuring 15 feet x 15 feet, which community members could rent for $20. The renter can then plant a small produce plot that would be tilled by FFA booster members. FFA members have been eagerly anticipating a time when they could bring more agriculture back to their program at Cedar Springs. “I am very excited to help bring more agriculture and community service to our school, but we will need help from our community,” said Brent Willett, local FFA President.
Local farmer and FFA booster Wayne Marsman will be helping the group with soil preparation. The target, weather permitting, is to have the sites ready for planting by the end of May. Several community members have been instrumental in the planning for this activity. Dan Spangenberg, D. White, Rick Sevey, and Dick Winzer have been working with FFA members Brent Willett, Jerry Green, Charles Nelson, and FFA Advisor Mr. Reyburn to bring the project to fruition. “The most difficult part of the process has been to be sure we have all the bases covered for safety and liability for the school,” remarked Reyburn.
“With the big downturn in the economy and the movement toward naturally grown foods, we figured the time is now,” stated Sevey, a local farmer. The project will allow community members to start a fun project, renting and growing their own food plot as long as they follow organic guidelines. Community members can contact Mr. Reyburn for more information or reserve a plot by calling 616-696-1200 (Extension 6131) or emailing Larry.Reyburn@csredhawks.org.
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Posted on 28 April 2011.
Do you like to help people in need? Or maybe just help things grow? North Kent Community Services needs your manpower in their Community Garden! Last year the agency received over 3,570 pounds of fresh vegetables to distribute to families in need. That huge amount of food was planted and harvested by a handful of volunteers, who worked an acre of land to create a Community Garden. The NKCS is the largest food pantry in Kent County and services over 12,000 families. The fresh vegetables were a welcome sight for families who normally received canned or frozen when they pick up groceries.
Merrill Post, of Post Berry Farms, donates the land, on Myers Lake Avenue and 12 Mile Road, where the volunteers plant and harvest. For the third year in a row, Mr. Post has set aside an acre of land that he tills, fertilizes, and waters to make sure that the plants will grow. He even allows the group a space in his own private garden, where a high fence keeps the deer away from the tender bean plants. Post also donates to the NKCS corn, pumpkins, berries and other food that the volunteers do not grow in the Community Garden.
All of the seeds needed for planting are donated by The Cedar Mill in Cedar Springs. Also, several of the group members start seeds in peat pots or flats at home.
This year, there are two specific planting dates already set. Many more volunteers are needed because the goal is to harvest two tons of food this year. If you would like to help, volunteers will meet on Wednesday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m., at Post Farms, 9849 Myers Lake Road, to plant seeds in the greenhouse.
Once the seeds are ready to be transplanted outside, other dates and times will be determined for planting and a schedule will be set for weeding and harvesting. If you love to garden, want to learn more about gardening, need to put in hours for community service at your school, or have a desire to feed people in need, then call Deb McIntyre, volunteer coordinator at the NKCS, at 616-866-3478 ext. 103 Monday–Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. No gardening experience is necessary.
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