Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary seeks assistance with their final grounds preparation and planting for their newly refurbished butterfly garden. The volunteer work is through spring, every Wednesday from 9 am to 12 noon, and every Thursday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information, call 508-627-4850.
On Thursday, May 21, the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's Leadership Class with history teacher Olson Houghton revamped the gardens outside of Aidylberg Village, part of Island Elderly Housing, in Oak Bluffs.
Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard has extended their application deadline to June 1 for their next house. The organization seeks a family for a three bedroom affordable house, located on Eliakim's Way in West Tisbury. The house, to be built using energy efficient building techniques such as solar panels, is for a year-round resident without adequate housing, who has a stable income. For more information, call 508-696-4646. Find applications at habitatmv.org, banks, libraries, post offices, town halls, and at the Habitat office in Vineyard Haven.
A wonderful combination: youngsters, gardening, and school lessons. The West Tisbury School, together with Island Grown School Initiative, is demonstrating this synergy as students from kindergarten through eighth grade create, maintain, and harvest vegetable gardens at the school as part of their classroom curriculum. A lesson in Native Americans or colonial settlers, for example, may be extended to include the planting of an appropriate vegetable. In kindergarten, under the guidance of teacher Terri Mello, who spearheads staff involvement, kindergarten classes learn about community cooperation when seventh graders help them with their garden of lettuce and radishes.