Hello and welcome to the very first blog post for Rock Bottom Ranch! My name is Melanie, and I get the pleasure of introducing the inter webs to Rock Bottom Ranch! I am originally from Connecticut, and I just graduated from Connecticut College in May, as a double major in Environmental Studies and Botany. I spent the summer as a Educator AmeriCorps Intern at the Teton Science Schools, in Jackson, Wyoming, and I am so excited to be back in the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado.
It’s a foggy and beautiful morning here at the Ranch!
This week has been very busy – we have already had two full-staff agricultural days, during which we harvested wheelbarrows full of turnips, kale and the beginnings of the potatoes. We’ve been
blanching and freezing non-stop since Monday!
This week is my first week teaching in the public schools. We have three educators here on the ranch, and every week two of those spend three days in school – Crystal River Elementary in Carbondale on Wednesday, and Basalt Elementary on Thursday and Friday. We visit classrooms from kindergarten to 4th grade, teach the students about science and the environment, and we have a blast doing it! We are in charge of covering many of the Colorado Science Standards for each grade.
The thing which I have most enjoyed about going into the schools is the reaction the kids have to finding out that they have “ACES Class” next. They are always so excited, and although we only spend about 45 minutes in each classroom, they wish that we could stay all day, and we get hugs as we head to the next class. It’s great! 🙂
There are lots of plans on the horizon at the Ranch, and field programs will start rolling in, come October. There is so much going on, and the garden in busting! I hope that you get a chance to stop by and visit us soon!