Grailville continues efforts to combine experiential education with the great outdoors through ongoing and special initiatives. For more information on any of the initiatives listed below, please contact Terrie Puckett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-683-2340 ext. 225.
Ongoing at Grailville include:
- Organic Kitchen Garden: About once a month, volunteers come together to tend the organic kitchen garden. These Saturday sessions combine informal education based on the growing season, community and a potluck lunch. Topics will be announced via Facebook weekly as weather plays a role in what can happen when.
- North Side Garden: Each week we tend this combined vegetable and floral garden, with produce sold at the local farmers’ market. Volunteers and Volunteer groups are welcome to take part once or on rotation. As with the kitchen garden, informal educational based on the planting season will be combined with the sessions. Topics will be announced via Facebook weekly as weather plays a role in what can happen when.
- Floating Wetlands: Our floating wetlands in the “little” pond were designed to help it come back to life, using a natural method—following the same science behind Grailville’s Constructed Wetlands—to clear up the water. The plants grow root systems which float in the pond and act as filters and use conversion to help reduce the nitrogen and phosphorus levels and replenish the water with oxygen. Each spring volunteers prepare and install the wetlands which are then removed and “wintered” in October. Every Thursday, a dedicated volunteer takes water samples to track our progress.
- Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary: Another great Eagle Scout project is happening at Grailville! This spring, we will plant and transplant flowers to encourage Monarch feeding and egg laying in a dedicated location in the Pole field, on the north side of O’Bannonville beyond the Oratory.
Special Projects at Grailville
- Tree Replacement with Taking Root in partnership with Boy Scout troop 55 and community members was completed April 30th. Twelve trees-oak, linden, beech, cypress, sycamore, magnolia and katsura-were planted along the driveway leading to the Oratory.