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Ms. Schorn
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed

One Bug, Two Bugs, Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

My students need the live invertebrates and other supplies to start this sustainable project. We are trying to inspire Disney to match these funds.

My Students

This is a Title I, K-8 school with 98% free/reduced lunches. We have six classes of Special children in the school. The school is in a neighborhood that, through gentrification, is being dismantled before their eyes. They know much of poverty, conflict and concrete and little about the natural world.

Our students are generally poor and lack many of the resources afforded middle class students.

But in many ways we are exceedingly rich, as we have the only urban farm in DC Public Schools! We have one acre in "the hood of the hood!" Our 450 students, from PreK-8, work the farm - tilling, sowing, maintaining, and harvesting, culminating in produce for their homes, and those local folks in need. Our students see how their food gets from 'farm to table!' Our school farm is not funded through the school system but relies entirely upon volunteer work, donations, and grants, and as a 100% organic farm, controlling pests is a priority in order to continue this good work.

My Project

We are looking to create breeding and rearing programs for several bugs beneficial to our farm- red worms and black soldier flies for composting, orchard mason bees for pollination, and of course several insect predators like praying mantis, ladybugs, predatory wasps, and green lacewings to help control the major pests in our region. We will be establishing growing populations of these beneficials on the farm as a part of our biological control protocols (for example we have already created over-wintering habitats for lady bugs and the minute pirate bug), we will also be setting up observation labs in the classroom for our students to study the bug itself pertaining to its life history, host relationship, and diet. Our students have few resources but this garden is an opportunity for real, authentic, hands-on-learning experiences. These young people will inherit this earth and we must do all we can to empower them to be good, knowledgeable and conscientious stewards.

My own small class of Special students benefited greatly from the garden.

We sprouted sweet potatoes in our window last year, then planted them in the garden to spend the summer maturing. The potatoes thrived in the summer heat. We dug them up in the fall, cooked them in our kitchen "lab" and ate them! The benefits of the garden evolving into more of a biology classroom would be a huge step in their education! There are only "bad" bugs in their world until they see the the "good" bugs in action!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BioPod Plus Auto-Harvesting Grub Composter • Compost Mania $186.00 1 $186.00
Mexican Bean Beetle Parasite • Arbico Organics $148.50 1 $148.50
Praying Mantid Tenodera aridifolia sinensis 50 Egg Cases - Without Twigs • Arbico Organics $115.00 1 $115.00
400 larvae frames • Arbico Organics $34.00 2 $68.00
Green Lacewing • Arbico Organics $49.95 1 $49.95
larvae starter colony • Compost Mania $33.50 1 $33.50

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