Cleaning the banana patch in ethnobotany class
Today was banana patch cleaning day. The banana patch is a who's who of local invasives led off by Clidemia hirta and Cheilocostus speciosus. Merremia peltata is ever present along with Spathodea campanulata with many sproutlings. All photos were taken by May-me, hence her absence from the following photo essay. This sort of activity acts as a group bonding exercise, building a sense of team and collective accomplishment. The learning outcomes are in the affective domain, and in providing a sense of accomplishment. Everyone succeeds today.
Harriet and Lizleen, Shanaleen looking towards the camera
Darion and Jamie in an invasive thicket, Rennie Glen at the back right
The class noted that we got more done more quickly than at the start of the term. Perhaps that counts as a positive learning outcome.
The class teaming up to clear the weeds
Johsper back left, full swing. Sandralynn taking out Ischaemum polystachyum
Lizleen and Dana
Pelida at center
Lizleen working after others were resting
Dana, bending more plants than cutting. Cheilocostus speciosus
Emerika and Kira
Kimsky. Both banana and Merremia peltata permanently stain clothes
Jade and Emerika
Clayson and Shane
Emerika, Kira in green
Reinhardt found coffee back where he is, Lizleen clearing ground
The Spathodea campanulata is rotting along one side. Ringing the tree repeatedly has weakened but not killed the tree.
Kiyoe worked long after everyone else was done.
Darion and Jamie