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 email@example.com or 513-683-2340 ext. 225.
Ongoing at Grailville include:
- 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 by Sayre Stejbach of Troop 55 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! In 2016 Ben Volk of Troop 55 planted and transplanted 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. He included a self-contained irrigation system as well.
- Water Catchment Stations: This spring another Eagle Scout project was installed in the north side garden. Evan Sugrue of Troop 55 designed two small water catchment stations to support the seedlings that need additional water to take root. These stations are created for maximum catch and to encourage guests to replicate them at their own homes. While not portable they can be easily moved if necessary from season to season-PLUS all of the materials were approved for use in the organic fields.
Special Projects at Grailville
- Taking Root tree replacement part 2 will happen this Fall on September 23rd. We will plant 7 more trees along the roadway and driveway in partnership with taking Root and Boy Scout Troop 55.
- The first tree replacement with Taking Root in partnership with Boy Scout troop 55 and community members was completed April 30th, 2016. Twelve trees-oak, linden, beech, cypress, sycamore, magnolia and katsura-were planted along the driveway leading to the Oratory.