Fifth graders appreciate nature

| 07 Jun 2012 | 01:22

WEST MILFORD — Marshall Hill's fifth graders discovered hidden treasures on Union Valley Road at Apple Acres farm. Ann Thornton generously opened her home and invited the children to travel back in time as she shared her family's deep and long history in West Milford. Additionally, David Watson-Hallowell of Sustainable West Milford introduced the idea of sustainability and organic farming to the students. They had the opportunity to work and plant in a garden plot, and were invited to return this autumn to reap the benefits of their labors. A final treat for the students was a talk by local herbalist, Robin Rose Bennett. Bennett shared her passion and knowledge of native plants and their medicinal properties. Students learned about the healing power of plants that could be found in their own backyards.

It is clear Marshall Hill fifth graders are inspired with a new-found appreciation and excitement for nature.