Saturday, March 27, 2021

Big Chungus Joins Team Aloha

This week I took a break from teaching students about worms and the importance of regenerative agriculture
and decided to focus on another passion; rabbits!  
 
A friend told me about Hidden Pasture Farms. 
It was well worth the drive to Fountain Inn SC to get there.  
 
Kate Nichols opened her agribusiness a year ago and already the place was full of kids and families.  
There are peacocks, all kinds of chickens, goats, ponies, cows, horses and of course
RABBITS!
If you have never been you have to go!  Here is Kate's Website.
Naturally, I could not resist taking Big Chungus, this gorgeous Flemish Giant Buck, home with us.  
Some addictions are just too difficult to withdraw from!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

The Brain Lab

 Human Body Labs (The Brain) February 8-12. 



Students will get an overview of the many systems that help regulate the body.  This year we will focus on the brain and the nervous system. Students will watch as I dissect a sheep brain to learn about the various parts and how they function.  We will play a few brain games as we find out how our amazing brains work. One student in each class will win a raffle for a brain jello.   An additional charge of $6 will be charged for those children who want a blood type kit for home use. 


Register Here


Mandatory Covid-19 Registration Form


I will add your child to the schedule when payment is made and registration is complete. Co-op students please pay your co-op representative with the preferred rate.  All other students one child same family $25 Two children same family $45 Three or more children same family $65   


Online labs $15 The Zoom class website link and supply list will be sent to you. 


*Paypal or Venmo Petronella Kahue ekahue@gmail.com.  Please indicate who this is from and what for when you pay. 


*48 hour full  refund for all cancellations.   Full refund for inclement weather or Covid related issues.

Labs are held in Greer SC.  Email me for directions.   ekahue@gmail.com


Once the 

  1. payment has been received

  2. registration document completed

  3. Covid 19 Form completed

I will enroll your child in the class. 


(view web version from your phone to see the Paypal Link)

Fungi Lab

 Fungi Lab: January 29-31


Join us as we discover fungi!  Students will learn about these amazing organisms and start their own mushroom oyster mushroom farm to take home and grow.    Students will learn which mushrooms are poisonous, what they look like, and when they can be found in our area.  They will also be able to identify various mushrooms that grow here in South Carolina as well as the anatomy of a mushroom, how to make spore prints, and fungi life cycle, and conduct a yeast experiment.  For those who dare we will taste test various types of mushrooms as well as sample a bit of mushroom soup and tea.  Enjoy months of indoor growing, any time of the year! Zoom Class Thursday January 28 10am.


Want to see all the magical things that mushrooms can do? Mushroom Mountain offers tours for anyone that is interested in mushrooms, whether it be wild mushroom foraging, cooking, cultivating, or is just curious about the whole mushroom world. Starting with the life cycles and ecology of fungi, the tour winds through the laboratory and fruiting room spaces of the farm, where visitors will be able to see and hear about the entire process of spawn production and mushroom cultivation. Price per person is $15.00. Those who register for the lab will be eligible to attend with me as group for a visit to Mushroom Mountain for $5 Date TBA


Register Here


Mandatory Covid-19 Registration Form


I will add your child to the schedule when payment is made and registration is complete. Co-op students please pay your co-op representative with the preferred rate.  All other students one child same family $25 Two children same family $45 Three or more children same family $65   


Online labs $15 The Zoom class website link and supply list will be sent to you. 


*Paypal or Venmo Petronella Kahue ekahue@gmail.com.  Please indicate who this is from and what for when you pay. 


*48 hour full  refund for all cancellations.   Full refund for inclement weather or Covid related issues.

Labs are held in Greer SC.  Email me for directions.   ekahue@gmail.com


Once the 

  1. payment has been received

  2. registration document completed

  3. Covid 19 Form completed

I will enroll your child in the class. 


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

SOUTH CAROLINA ROCK LAB December 8-14

This year we will focus on the rocks in our state of South Carolina and where you can find them.  A little bit of geography will be covered and a new awareness of where these gems can be found will entice your students to go out to look for them.   Groups of students will test these rocks according to the Mohs hardness scale.  They will also learn to identify state rocks according to metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary rocks or minerals. We will find out what these rocks are used for in industry and how they are used in everyday life. All students will have an opportunity to get a rock from my private collection of unusual and beautiful rocks and fossils. 


In addition to the lab a SC Rock Box with Guidebook $30 is available for those who request one.  The South Carolina Geological Survey developed this Earth Science Education Series that meets South Carolina Science Academic Standards set forth by the Department of Education. The Earth Science study kit contains 24 South Carolina minerals and rocks with a 22-page booklet on where to find them and how to identify these rocks. Message me by November 20th to place your order. 


And finally, on Wednesday December 16th I am going to be at Diamond Hill Mine in Aiken SC!!  I would love to see you there!  Children six and under are free, over six $5 and adults $15. Bring a screwdriver or forked weeder to dig for rocks.  This place has produced some of the finest amethyst in our state.   You do not need to register to meet me at the mine, just show up.