QEW mini grants 2011


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  • Project: Restoring habitat in Cibola Canyon Canyon area overgrazed and canyon walls were eroding BLM,Trouts Unlimited, and NM Wildness Alliance and volunteers came together to build up the canyon with sand bags Project will restore the spring for the wildlife. There are only 3 springs in this area of NM
  • The Earth Quaker Bike Trip provided a powerful witness and sense of community to its participants and to those they visited along their way. The statement that Friends are willing to do things differently for the sake of Earth was reflected back by the Meetings visited, who wrestle with their own concern for the Earth.
  • Edible perennial "Nibble Garden" for the playground includes Blueberries, Hardy Kiwi, Grapes, Passion fruit & Hazelnuts- all playground safe & kid friendly.  Beautiful Backyards, a sustainable landscaping nonprofit, is hired to implement the project.
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  • Our garden provides many different learning experiences for the children at Richmond Friends School covering several curricular areas. We study seasonal cycles and life cycles as a major focus in our understanding and studies of the natural world. The garden gives first hand experience with this in so many ways. Another major focus of our science curriculum is recycling and reuse and taking care of our earth. Our worm bin and the composting are an important part of this. It is exciting for the children to see their snack and lunch scraps turned into lovely enriched soil for the garden. Keeping track of weather: daily temperature recordings, daily graphing of sunny, rainy and snowy days, and checking the rain gauge fits in with both our science and math programs. Getting kids outside, observing and being physically active in the preparation and care for the garden is an important part of our curriculum also. Gardening without chemicals and eating products that are nutritionally good and healthy is also a part of the garden project and can lead to good discussions about health and nutrition.
  • Beaver totes and Beaver Blocks are used to plant fame flower, pinks, chives, and prairie onion.
  • Oasis in midst of urban blight area.
  • QEW mini grants 2011

    1. 1. Quaker Earthcare Witness Mini-Grants 2011 Ruth Hamilton, Outgoing Clerk Chapel Hill Friends Meeting, N.C. Piedmont Friends Fellowship Bill Holcombe, Incoming Clerk Housatonic (CT) MM NYYM
    2. 2. QEW Mini-Grants <ul><li>Environmental project matching grants for Quaker meetings and associated groups </li></ul><ul><li>2011: Grants up to $500 grant applicants match from their budget or by fund-raising </li></ul><ul><li>Grant application deadline: May 2, 2011. </li></ul>
    3. 3. IMYM 2009 plans Mountain Friends Camp
    4. 4. Plork- play & work Preparing the mortar to plaster a shed
    5. 5. Restoring the Spring at Cibola Canyon, N.M.
    6. 6. Earth Quaker Bike Trip June 2008 eight Quakers pedaled 300 miles thru PA to FGC in Earth witness.
    7. 7. Chapel Hill Friends Meeting/ Chapel Hill Early School Edible Perennial “ Nibble Garden” Enhanced playground includes blueberries, hardy kiwi, grapes, passion fruit, and hazelnuts integrated into safe and kid-friendly playground.
    8. 8. Energy Class Scattergood (Iowa) Friends School students participated in experiential energy conservation class March-May of 2010, led by energy expert/QEW member, David Abazs.  From No. MN they canoed down the Mississippi River. giving presentations along way to schools, churches and other interested groups. 
    9. 9. Happy Students on Mississippi River
    10. 10. Sustainability Group presents to classroom
    11. 11. Milwaukee Friends Meeting, Wis. Project for Anita Koenen Land Preserve Milwaukee Friends Meeting worships in a meetinghouse constructed on the Anita and Jacob Koenen Land Preserve. Project includes removal of the invasive & restoration of indigenous flora and fauna.
    12. 12. Richmond IN Friends School Garden provides learnings for children including seasonal cycles and life cycles and joys of healthy eating!
    13. 13. Richmond Friends School Composter
    14. 16. Pima Friends, Tucson Ariz. Ithaca Meeting, Ithaca, N.Y. Low flush toilets
    15. 17. Illinois Yearly Meeting Green Roof for Kitchen
    16. 18. Green Roof Plants & Containers
    17. 19. Newton Monthly Meeting, Camden, N.J. Drip irrigation for the garden and native plants .
    18. 20. Newton Meeting House Oasis in midst of urban blight area.
    19. 21. Gwynedd, PA and Dover NH Meetings receive energy star refrigerators. Dover Meeting implements manual mowing.
    20. 22. Olney Friends School, Barnesville, OH School symposium on vision and energy conservation
    21. 23. Homewood Meeting Solar Energy Project Baltimore, Md. <ul><li>Panels cover half roof. </li></ul><ul><li>Electric meter runs backwards on sunny days and on full moon. </li></ul><ul><li>Solar sys. size 7.2 kW </li></ul><ul><li>Produces 715 kWh mo. </li></ul><ul><li>Yearly savings $1,296 </li></ul><ul><li>Fund raisers, a concert, three yard sales, and a t-shirt sales and the mini-grant paid for the system . </li></ul>
    22. 24. How YOU can help: <ul><li>CONTRIBUTE to mini-grant fund with a fund-raiser or by direct contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions of carbon offsets for trips and individual donations can be donated to QEW for the Mini-Grant Fund. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan an environmental project for your Quaker meeting, church, or group. </li></ul><ul><li>Application resides : <www.quakerearthcare.org>. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Bill Holcombe at bholc7@hotmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline: May 2, 2011. </li></ul>