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The Times
  • Herkimer Home receives garden grant

  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site will be able to enhance its gardens with an $1,100 grant from the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State - District Five.

    “I am extremely grateful for the support from the Fifth District. Their grant will provide funding we need to begin the special projects the Living Laboratory Committee has proposed,” said site Director Karen Sheckells.

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  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site will be able to enhance its gardens with an $1,100 grant from the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State - District Five.
    “I am extremely grateful for the support from the Fifth District. Their grant will provide funding we need to begin the special projects the Living Laboratory Committee has proposed,” said site Director Karen Sheckells.
    The site’s Living Laboratory Committee oversees the development and use of the home’s educational gardens. The mission of the committee is to educate students on gardening techniques and practices across a variety of disciplines using hands-on educational experiences. The educational gardens at Herkimer Home include an 18th century kitchen garden and living laboratory gardens, a series of gardens used for a variety of education programming on topics related to the environment.
    Sheckells said a compost education center will be created at Herkimer Home.
    “This is a crucial component of the site’s efforts to provide educational programming that focuses on environmental awareness and science-based curriculum to students of the Mohawk Valley,” she said. “It also is an important part in reducing the site’s waste stream.”
    Enabled gardens will also be added the site’s living laboratory gardens.
    “Herkimer Home’s educational programming is designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of students across the Mohawk Valley. This includes students with various disabilities and accommodations,” said Sheckells.
    “The opening of the living laboratory education gardens at Herkimer Home provide an opportunity to provide meaningful, hands-on learning experiences to all children, despite their physical, social, emotional and behavioral needs,” said Living Laboratory Committee Chair Brian Heffron.

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