The Eden Valley Watkins Food For All committee and the Horticulture class planted 40 apple trees for the school orchard Wednesday and Thursday,May 15 and 16. Mrs. Janssen’s second-grade class assisted in the tree plantng. There are six different varieties planted in the one-half-acre orchard. These varieties include: HoneyCrisp, Haralson, Red Prairie Spy, Sweet Sixteen, Zestar, and Conell Red.
Trees were sponsored by: The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Farmers Feeding The World, and CHS Foundation.
This year, IMPACT adopted four animals (gorilla, wolf, penguins, and a polar bear) at Como Zoo. Saturday, May 11, we brought all the change that IMPACT kids had saved throughout the year. We donated a total of $134.12 toward our adopted animals. Great job, IMPACT kids! Thanks to all the chaperones who attended our field trip.
The third annual EV-W 5K walk/run took place Wednesday, May 8. Some ran, some walked, some biked, at least one roller-bladed, and one girl kneeled (with her leg in a cast) on a scooter. They all started from the Eden Valley Elementary School, and ended at Assumption Church where cold water and granola bars awaited them. The annual event is just a part of the Eden Valley-Watkins Schools participation in the Meeker County SHIP program (Statewide Health Improvement Program). This is the same program responsible for tobacco-free school zones, and for efforts to get more local and healthy food into school lunches. SHIP coordinator Pam Bagley says EV-W is a great school to work with, and the 5K is a success because of staff involvement and community support, adding that setting up the 5K now is like a “well-oiled machine.”
As the advisor of the Eden Valley-Watkins Future Farmers of America Chapter, Tracy Huhn has seen many positives during the past five years.
For one, the chapter is growing – 65 students were involved in the program this year compared to 40 when Huhn began 5 years ago.
In fact, the EV-W chapter received the Membership Growth Award from the Minnesota FFA.
“I guess we’ve gotten the word out more about the different things we do,” she said. “It used to be that FFA was a group made up of all boys and most of them lived on farms. Today, half of the chapter are females and about two-thirds have farm backgrounds. The rest are just interested in what FFA has to offer.”
Those offerings include everything from leadership experiences such as public speaking to fun activities ranging from floral design to food contests. In many ways, FFA resembles what many of the members experienced in 4-H activities. And about half the chapter’s members participated in 4-H when they were younger, Huhn said.
Finishing the regular season with a bang, the Eden Valley-
Watkins softball girls put up 30 runs v Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Tuesday afternoon, May 14, taking the double-dipper at home, 12-7 and 18-15. Game one featured a hitting flurry by the Eagles, as they scored 10 runs in the first two innings. “Baylee Lahr pitched an effective game, giving up only 2 earned runs on 8 hits and she had a season-high 6 strikeouts with no walks,” said Eagle coach Dave Dziengel.
EV-W was just warming up, as they scored 14 runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings of game two. Despite 8 defensive mishaps, the Eagles registered 18 runs on as many hits, putting the final cap on the twin bill. “Our bats made up for our mistakes in the field and we did a very nice job of rebounding in the top of the 6th inning, to score 7 runs and take the lead for good in the game. Baylee ran out of gas in the 4th inning, and Jamie did a great job of keeping us in the game besides some control problems. It’s nice to end the season on a winning note as we prepare to play our first subsection opponent next week,” said an enthusiastic Dziengel.