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  •  my Mom used to do this with her nursery school (21+ / 0-)

    students. They would observe the caterpillar as it built the cocoon and then as it emerged. She did it with my children as well, and it is the first thing they think of when they remember her.

    I hope we are able to continue the lesson, and that you can save the monarchs.

    •  Maybe parents could send the article in the NYT (10+ / 0-)

      to science teachers with the suggestion.  

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 08:04:21 AM PST

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      •  Great idea! (12+ / 0-)

        Milkweed and nectar plants aren't in short supply locally. We have lots of Monarchs due to keeping a wide swath under power lines in wildflowers that reseed themselves, between the mountain laurel/rhododendron thickets at forest edge. And have a field along the driveway kept in natives too. The county schools have ever-bigger gardens of their own that the kids tend and which help supply their lunch programs.

        In my area just about everybody's got veggie gardens, some have more than little ones plus orchards and vineyards. Back many years ago when my husband and I were managing an after-school program for at-risk and adjudicated middle schoolers, we began a "grow a row" project to supply area food banks and Kiwanis food projects. Free heirloom seeds or starters (like potatoes and onions) in exchange for one row dedicated to the give-aways. Started with our kids, spread quickly to their classmates and from there to neighbors, is still going strong. Have drop-off stations (like Kiwanis, which also handles commodity cheese and such), from which people can stop by and pick up some of whatever's coming in at the time - no means testing or anything - if you want/need it, come and get it. Excess goes to the regional food bank next county over, but only approved organizations can get food there - not individuals.

        Even one local grocery store is a pick-up point, they know people who have the money will buy inside from the store, so they aren't worried about losing business. They also donate some stuff they buy in bulk like bags of flour, cornmeal and dry milk, boxes of macaroni/pasta. Have a barrel by the door for donations too. Steady two and three-fer sales deals net quite a lot of canned and boxed goods people drop in on their way out.

        The outrageous cuts in food stamps and unemployment benefits are hitting hard, this is a very poor region. I'll get with those who are handling the projects now about planting milkweed and nectar flowers too. Thanks for spreading the good idea!

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