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Betty Fasig
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I have told you all how the Duette Elemetary School, "the last one room school house in America'' read Wooffer and came out to see him in person.
I was overwhelmed by their responses to my little book. They drew pictures that I put on my web site.

The last kid that came here from that school is named Dawson. He is in second grade. He wanted to see Margaret, the chicken. I took him out there where Margaret lives with Reginald. He said, "Is this the rooster that Santa pulled out of his bag?"

"Yes, it is!" was my reply.

The children have such respect for Wooffer and the stories that I thought I would talk an idea over with the teacher.

The idea is: If every child in the Duette Elementary School could plant one stack of hydroponic pots on my farm...each one could plant 16 plants. I would water and take care of insecticides. They could come and see how their stack was doing and pick the produce they produce.

I could make a list of plants and flowers that they could select. They would start with the seeds, keep a little journal of progress.

What do you all think of this idea.

Love,
Betty
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E. Don Harpe
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I think it is a super idea, and one that perhaps only you, or all of the people here, would think of.

You continue to amaze me.
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Betty,

It is a great idea!
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Brenda Hill
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A beautiful idea, Betty, all around. The kids would have a project they can plant and watch grow and take pride in the results. How wonderful to have thought of something where children can witness nature at work, something that shows there is more to life than buttons on an electronic game.


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Betty,

It's great. The kids would have fun (so would you), learn a lot, and have something to remember always.

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Carol Troestler
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PostSubject: Re: A wonderful, devious idea   A wonderful, devious idea EmptyWed Apr 22, 2009 6:01 pm

Betty, all your ideas are good ones.

Love, Carol


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That is so generous, kind, and loving of you! It would be so nice to be in your neighborhood.
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PostSubject: Re: A wonderful, devious idea   A wonderful, devious idea EmptyWed Apr 22, 2009 7:28 pm

You all tickle my heart! Oh, how I would have loved to have had a place to plant something when I was a child! We were so very hungry all the time.
When I was around eight, I had heard that the eyes of potatoes would grow a whole new potato. I saved potato peelings with eyes. Pulled the weed out of part of the yard, dug little holes and put the potato peeling in. Every day, I pumped water from the well into a bucket and watered each and every one. Meanwhile, the weeds grew tall around my little patch and even though I pulled them in the spot that I planted the peelings, it was not long until the ragweed and tumbleweeds and weeds I did not know the names of en-croached upon my little garden. Soon those weeds were over my head. I had made a small path into the garden by my daily watering trips.

I could hide in that small space that was my garden of potatoes. A kind of hidey-hole.

Hunger got the best of me, one day, and I dug up one potato plant. It had, to my lovely surprise, six small potatoes dangling on the roots. I was so excited that I dug them all up. I remember the smell of that dirt, those tiny potatoes.

It always amazes me, in retrospect, that no one in my whole family ever planted a garden of beans or any other plant. How very hungry we all were. How a few seeds would have helped so much.

E. Don, I love your feminine side. All of your sides, in and out, are beautiful!

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The first year we planted potatoes everyone was very helpful. They told us how far apart and how deep to plant them. We planted 119 eyes because I thought each eye would grow a potato. Imagine my surprise the first time I dug up a plant and there were 10 potatoes on it! Each plant had 10 or more potatoes. Needless to say the following year there weren't as many plants, or potatoes. *grin*
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When we first moved to Wisconsin I had a huge garden. I got help from the farmers next door. I planted potatoes, carrots, onions, beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, radishes, peas, and tomatoes. I started the tomato plants inside. I weeded and watered and harvested. Once a year we would have a meal off our land. We would have vegetables from our garden, beef from one of the farmer's cows which grazed on our field, and water from our well. I do not know if my children remember all this or not, but I do.

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Every few springs, "the weeds took our garden." We planted a quarter of an acre and soon after the plants came up a perfect garden killing weather condition would set in. Warm rain for days caused the weeds to grow and when it became dry enough to get in the garden the weeds had choked out the garden plants.

Disc it up and start over.
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Betty,

I'm sure the kids will love your idea. There's nothing like planting something and watching it grow! And learning about this at an early age is a wonderful thing.
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Bill and I found the property where we built our house in 1970. We learned that the owner was ready to sell, and was asking a very low price, so we bought it right away. The next step was clearing enough of the land for a house and finding an architect to help us design it. We had been gathering magazine clippings and house plans since our engagement in 1963. I had drawn out floor plans and sketches of kitchen cabinets. We took our, by then, huge file box of ideas to an architect whose work we had seen and admired. Early in 1971, we had cleared the house area, cleaned out the underbrush from all but the three back acres, which was primarily pine forest, and started to work on the front two. Bill happened by a nursery that was selling these tiny azalea seedlings for 25 cents each. He bought a hundred of them. We planted them in patches, mostly along the drive to the house, where we still had a stand of pines left from having cleared out many of the "junk trees." (Another story in itself!). Bill had a water line installed, and a spigot set up, sort of in the middle of what would be the front yard. We went to the property every weekend with our two little girls (I was pregnant during this time), picnicked, watered, tended, and made plans. The house plans were finalized about the time David was born. It took one year to the date from signing the papers to begin building until the final papers were signed turning our new dream home over to us. We moved in shortly after. We planted a few more azaleas, quite a few camellias, and other odds and ends of native plants, started growing grass, and I put in a vegetable garden. Five years later we divorced. When we sold the house, the azaleas were about four feet high, and each spring, presented a solid blaze of deep pink from the road out front, up the 300 feet of pines, along the driveway to the house. When I went home for my mother's funeral in 95, I drove out to see what had happened to it, and those azaleas were nearly 15 feet high.

I understand that Hurricane Rita - that storm just after Katrina that supposedly did no harm? - took most of the pines and a section of the roof. I'm not sure I would want to see it now.

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I think you have a wonderful idea, Betty. Children are so delighted when they have a hand in growing something. And it would teach them the value of plants.
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One time when my grandsons were young, they found some maple tree seeds and we planted them in the back garden. Sure enough they grew and grew. It was fun for them to see. When we moved, I thought of taking some with, but left them. However I told the new owner, who had a large family and a grandma living with them.

That Christmas my Christmas letter was titled "Good-bye House." I sent them a copy.

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David used to say that he couldn't understand why there were so many "men's" jobs in a house full of liberated women. He wasn't especially pleased that mowing the yard was one of those jobs, so I tried to go as easy on him about it as I could. At one time, I remember telling him he had missed a weed in the back corner. He told me he was growing a tree. After a few times of getting into it with him, I let it go. It was in the back yard, after all, and it had grown to a point where simply pulling it up was no longer an option. That thing kept growing after he left for college. It turned out to be a little tree, with leaves that looked like it was a nut tree of some kind. Around the time he was leaving the state for grad school, I proudly showed him how tall his tree had grown. He looked at me strangely and said, "Mom, that was a weed."

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I put "Good-bye to a Good House" on my website if anyone is interested. It was too long for this forum, but I loved being reminded of this and reading it once again. It brought back many memories.

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Sorry to get in on the thread late but kids do love to plant things. I knew Wooffer was a good book but it amazes me to here the little ones wanting meet the actual animals from your book. Kids they never fail to brighten the day.
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Do it, Betty, do it. The kids will remember it always.
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Carol Troestler wrote:
I put "Good-bye to a Good House" on my website if anyone is interested. It was too long for this forum, but I loved being reminded of this and reading it once again. It brought back many memories.

Carol

Carol, did you ever think about recording that story? I've never actually heard your voice, but I think I would recognize it, like you did Dick's when he was on The History Channel. It's a beautiful story, and would make a great voice/photo presentation.

I have added an early picture of the house we built, that I described above, to the new family page on my website. You can't see the azaleas, though, they were planted under the pine trees that you also can't see, along the drive just off to the right of the photo.

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Ann,

That's a beautiful house.

It is funny you mentioned the reading. We stopped at a coffee house for lunch and mentioned how we had seen lots of cars there last night. The waitress told us they had a writer's group that was doing reading and there were about fifty people present. I've been looking for this group and some information on it. It seems they were from a class at the arts center and were doing readings on home and family. I have finally found where to call for info.

I don't have the greatest voice, but thank you for the suggestion. I've got lots of those little essays on family, etc.

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