Sunday, February 23, 2014

From Transplant to Sustained Inclusion

Seedling Transplant

Seedling transplant involves moving a rooted plant from one place to another. They are transplanted to give them more growing space. Leaving the seedling in the crowded setting too long causes the seedling to fight for resources. Transplanting seedlings when they are small reduces the danger of transplant shock and should be done when:
  • True Leaves Form: As the seedling grows, the cotyledons will fall off and what are called the first true leaves will form. This is when your seedling begins actively photosynthesizing.  Use organic fertilizer or compost amendment during this occassion to encourage good roots and healthy growth.
  • Potting up: Seedlings can remain in their original containers or plant them in their permanent spots. It is common to move seedlings into a larger container once several sets of leaves have formed. This allows the roots more room to develop. .
  • Thinning: If more than one seedling is growing in the same immediate area, either separate the seedlings into containers or cut off all but the strongest seedling. Pulling out the extra seedlings, might hurt the roots of the strongest seedling.


Sustained Inclusion

The philosophy behind sustained inclusion is that every member of the group is dependent upon one another, for the success of the unit. There are diversities of administrations or operations among us, but one way for us to be successful. Some have the ability of genius thinking, others the strength of a beast, and yet some have the faith required to overcome great obstacles. The classroom, community and nations are comprised of diversity. If a member lacks, those who are proficient should come to the aid of, with a spirit of meekness. We are a permaculture of diverse seeds, but one harvest of life sustained.


Inclusion: the action or state of being included within a group or structure.  

Monoculture: the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop or plant species over a wide area and for a large number of consecutive years. 

 Permaculture: the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have diversity, stability and the resilience of natural ecosystems.

Benefits of Sustained Inclusion 
  1. Compassionate friendships
  2. Increased acceptance of diversity
  3. Peer role models for academic, social and behavior skills
  4. Accessibility and appreciation of all
  5. Enhanced skill acquisition  
  6. Greater flexibility, opportunity
  7. Higher expectations and resources for everyone
  8. Strengthened collaborations
  9. Heightened brotherly love
  10. Integrated communities

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