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Celebrating 60 Years of Luxury Home Building with New Evans Farm Show Home 360
Written by: Scott Shively, Bob Webb Homes
For the past six decades, Bob Webb Homes has been building custom luxury homes for families in Central Ohio, and even with all of that experience the focus on innovation and cutting-edge home design has not wavered. Since our inception, our family-owned company has built thousands of homes. Each project is special to us and unique in its own way – especially the new homes we’re building in phase 1 of Evans Farm.
Bob Webb Homes is one of the oldest and most reputable luxury custom home builders in Ohio, known for our undeniable craftsmanship and unmatched attention to detail. We greatly value the reputation we have earned and are committed to making every home truly custom to you and your needs. Driven by a desire for innovative design, high standards of excellence and exceptional customer service, our team at Bob Webb Homes works with contractors and suppliers who share this passion – many of whom have been with the company since the very beginning.
We are a proud recipient of 20 Consumer’s Choice Awards for Best Custom Builder, and at last year’s BIA Parade of Homes, our own Ohio’s Most Impressive Show Home came away with 10 awards, more than any other home in the Parade. We also were voted as the Best Custom Home Builder in Columbus CEO’s Best of Business issue.
At the 2018 BIA Parade of Homes, the Bob Webb Show Home featured a large eat-in kitchen with custom island, our famous Messy Kitchen, a glamorous master bath, a spacious nanny suite, a retractable glass wall that opened up to a stunning patio, and of course, eye-catching curb appeal. https://bobwebb.com/project/ohios-impressive-show-home/
Our Show Home 360 at Evans Farm promises to be just as impressive and a perfect way to celebrate our 60th anniversary. You won’t want to miss an inch of this home which will leave visitors inspired to envision their own custom home within the Evans Farm community. To realize your vision for your dream home, contact us for a private tour. We’d be happy to show you around and help you design the luxury home you have worked so hard to achieve.
During phase 1, we will build four new inventory homes that will feature custom details Bob Webb is known for such as our Exclusive Messy Kitchen, which is a separate cooking space used to prepare food so your primary kitchen remains beautiful for entertaining. Our team will be building both custom homes as well as Simplified Living homes in Evans Farms. A Bob Webb custom home is truly one-of-a-kind and created to fit each individual homeowner’s needs. When selecting a Simplified Living home, a homeowner is choosing to enjoy life without the hassle of regular home maintenance – no mowing or snow shoveling required with this home style. It is important for us to build homes that work for your phase of life and that means allowing you more time spent with family and friends, traveling, entertaining and doing the things you want to do.
Although it was far from a “spring” preview, each Sunday in March attracted between 200-300 guests to our community to learn more about our neighborhoods and tour several homes. Evans Farm coordinated with eleven of our builders to open fifteen homes for public tours during our four-week event. All of these homes are in various stages of construction and were open to the public on Sundays for a few hours.
Each week, Evans Farm asked a local professional to open the day by speaking briefly about a topic related to our community. The topics ranged from the “2019 BIA Parade of Homes” to “The Parks at Evans Farm” to “The Commercial District” and finally “Building an Energy Efficient Home”. After the presentations, a short question and answer session took place and then all of the houses were open for viewing.
Since there was such a strong interest in this event, the Evans Farm staff and our builders have agreed to continue opening the homes to our guests for the month of April. We will coordinate with the builders to have several houses open April 7, 14 and 28 from 2-5pm.
BIA Parade of Homes breakdown
- 14 homes in the showcase
- 12 builders
- Price range of houses $700,000 to 1 Million +
- Wrap-a-round and double front porches
- Carriage house apartments over garages
- Outdoor living spaces
- Swimming pool
- 4-car garage
- Home theater room
- and many other unique features
“Under the Boardwalk”
One of the most popular features of Evans Farm will be the connectivity throughout the neighborhood. The boardwalk, found in the heart of Central Park will allow residents a shortcut to travel to nearby amenities. In addition, the 2019 BIA Parade of Homes’ visitors will have easy access to all 14 homes.
In keeping with our vision of sustainability, this boardwalk is constructed using mostly recycled materials. The Evans Farm staff reused old telephone poles that were pulled from the entrance of Evans Farm Drive for the foundation. The decking planks were milled from trees that were removed onsite.
Greenhouse & Nursery
Evans Farm’s greenhouse and nursery has been relocated since last growing season. It can be found on Shanahan Road, just north of North Road. Already this growing season we have several oaks, sycamores, buckeyes and other seeds planted. In addition, some of our older trees, in the nursery are starting to bud. It’s a good sign that spring is finally here!
Get Tough on Cancer
Written by: Larry Boord, Future resident & LLS advocate
Every three minutes, a person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every nine minutes, someone dies from cancer. Thankfully, there are individuals and organizations that are determined to change those facts.
Evans Farm and our neighbors will host a reception to raise funds for cancer research on Feb. 28thfrom 5-8 p.m. at the Evans Farm Corporate Office. Funds raised through Evans Farm’s community of residents, builders and supporters will help benefit Team Wolf Pack who is participating in Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student of the Year campaign.
Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development programduring which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management as they raise funds for the fight against cancer. The coveted title of Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidate team that raises the most funds during the 7-week competition.
Team Wolf Pack is comprised of Sophomore Megan Grimshaw and Junior Jimmy Sauder from Worthington Kilbourne High School. Grimshaw and Sauder were nominated to run in this year’s competition and have recruited a team of friends and family to support their efforts. The Students of the Year competition runs from January 17th– March 8th. Winners will be announced at the Students of the Year Grand Finale Celebration on March 8that the Bluestone in Columbus.
As the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to fighting blood cancers, LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in pioneering cancer research over its 70-year history, driving breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine. In the past two years alone, the FDA approved 39 blood cancer medications; LLS supported 34 of these. This research is saving lives. These revolutionary new treatments originally discovered through blood cancer research are now being tested in clinical trials for other cancers.
Several of the research projects at The Ohio State James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute are supported by LLS in the fight to find a cure.
Join Evans Farm, our neighbors, Team Wolf Pack and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for a night of community while supporting the fight against cancer. Guests will enjoy refreshments from local community businesses, meet former OSU players and help make a difference in the fight against blood cancers.
Despite the colder weather and all of the snowfall, Evans Farm has shown a large amount of activity onsite. As of January 31, a total of 34 houses are under construction or complete. These houses are currently being built by 15 different builders on our preferred builder list or representing the 2019 BIA Parade of Homes.
These 34 houses are in various stages of construction. Among these there are spec homes that are for sale and could be occupied within the next 90 days. While others have been designed as a specific family’s dream home and are just getting the final touches. A recent drive through the development shows visitors that a few other homes have just begun construction.
These 34 houses are in various stages of construction. Among these there are spec homes that are for sale and could be occupied within the next 90 days.
While others have been designed as a specific family’s dream home and are just getting the final touches. A recent drive through the development shows visitors that a few other homes have just begun construction.
Community Improvement Projects
Last year, the Evans Farm staff was asked to visit Hyatts Middle School’s PBL (project-based learning) class to offer information to the students in developing an affordable and sustainable neighborhood. Recently, we were asked back to help the PBL students create physical and virtual models of numerous community improvements. We offered information regarding Evans Farm that focused on community improvements and amenities within our neighborhood. The 115 7thgrade students were very interested in learning more about the YMCA, park land, profitability, financing, among many other topics.
Students learned about the market demand for several community improvement that may be proposed. The presentation was broken into two main focuses, the commercial district and the parks/recreational amenities. Following the presentation, we utilized the remainder of our morning with more targeted questions asked by the students and sharing specific examples of plans and details of our community’s amenities. Our staff was very impressed with the maturity behind the questions and the thorough understanding of the development process.
There’s No Place Like Home
Written by: Joshua Perry, Realtor/Director of Business Development
When I made the tough decision to retire from the NFL late this July, the decision of where I wanted to go wasn’t tough. I knew that Lewis Center was going to be home for me. It is a place that is extremely familiar and somewhere that has always felt like home. Growing up across the lake in Galena, I went to school in Lewis Center, made some long-lasting friendships in Lewis Center, and as an athlete, I cemented the foundation of my career in Lewis Center.
Before I left for training camp this summer, I stopped into the Evans Farm sales center. I started to see some of the homes going up and like many people around, I was curious to see what it was all about. When I pulled up to the office in Old Lewis Center, I walked up the steps to a porch and when I entered, I took a look around and found a charming little office that felt more like a living room than a sales floor. I was welcomed in and was immediately introduced to what was happening. Krista, a sales consultant, explained to me the vision for Evans Farm- New Urbanism. New Urbanism is what so many of us have gotten away from, but still deeply desire. Its community living based off front porches, social town centers and open recreation. You can live, work and play all in the same neighborhood. It takes on functional design- sweeping streetscapes with no breaks in the curb due to alley loaded garages, sidewalks leading to amenities no further than a quarter of a mile away and mindfully constructed homes that take inspiration from classic architectural styles. I was a bit taken back. It is such a stark departure from what we’ve all gotten accustomed to. We’ve become used to spacious homes with rooms that sit bare, on at least 100 feet of lot frontage (which you can still get here) and so much privacy that you almost feel in danger because you don’t know your neighbors. Evans Farm brings back a sense of community. I was intrigued.
After retirement, I had to find work. I took real estate classes and eventually became a REALTOR for Buckeye National Realty. My next journey was just beginning. Shortly thereafter, I received a call from the folks at Evans Farm. The rumblings around town were that I was home and trying to make a name in real estate. They were interested in meeting with me to see what other plans I might have. After a few meetings, I decided to take on another role- Director of Business Development at Evans Farm. The game plan would be for me to help develop a rapport between local REALTORs, businesses and Evans Farm. As a kid who grew up here there was a unique opportunity to reach out to the community. But through the number of meetings I had at Evans Farm, I was sold on the vision. Having a neighborhood development that strengthens the community not only through economic infusion, but the tenets of New Urbanism, was something in which I wanted to be involved. I imagined how different my childhood would have been in a place like this. Instead of having to wait on a ride to the park or my friend’s house, it could have been a short walk away. The ability to walk with my brothers to an ice cream shop during the summer would have created lasting memories. Spending time by the pond with my dad would have been special. But even now, living in a home of just two people, the allure of Evans Farm is strong. The sense of community just outside my door would be valuable and being just a short walk away from social life and entertainment, while experiencing all the conveniences of the suburbs, is a game changer. Regardless of what walk of life you’re in, this place will make you feel at home. Evans Farm won’t just be a place to live, work and play- it will be a vehicle that provides infrastructure to keep Lewis Center strong via partnerships with Olentangy Local Schools and the Evans Farm Foundation, and that impact will be sure to last.
I’m excited to watch this project as it evolves. It’s as organic of a community project as I’ve been around and it’s just the thing that will keep Lewis Center the type of place it is.
November brought our first residents into Evans Farm. Shortly after, the next family moved into their new home. The anxiously awaiting families were thrilled to move into their newly constructed houses prior to the busy holiday season! It is expected that a few more families will move into their homes before the end of the year.
There are still some spec homes that are available for purchase for those that wish to be in Evans Farm within the next few months. Please make sure to stop by our sales center for more information regarding spec homes or building your own custom home with one of our 12 approved builders.
BIA Parade of Homes Update
As the first half of December progresses towards Christmas, over half of the parade houses have started to be constructed. These larger houses that face towards a wooded park are beautifully constructed by 12 different builders. Many of these builders have participated in the BIA Parade of Homes events in the past. However, there are a few builders that are new to this exceptional showcase of Central Ohio homes. Among these 12 builders are:
- Cua Builders
- P&D Builders
- Guzzo & Garner
- Sierra Homes
- Maronda Homes
- Bob Webb Homes
- Arthur Rutenberg
- 3 Pillar Homes
- Kenric Fine Homes
- Stonecliff Homes
In early November, LP Smart Siding partnered with Evans Farm to create a promotional video. The video team flew in from Minnesota to obtain almost two days of footage of Evans Farm. This included two families that will be moving into Evans Farm, some of the Evans Farm staff, a few of the businesses, onsite footage and nearby footage to help share the image of what makes Evans Farm unique. The promotional video will be released to Evans Farm before the end of the year. Check our website in the upcoming weeks at EvansFarmOH.com to view this video.
Evans Farm Marketplace
Phase 1 of Evans Farm commercial is scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2019. The image to the left is a visual representation of the first building on the east side of Evans Farm Dr. and is expected to house a bank, ice cream parlor, restaurant with a brewery, and a wine and cheese bar. On the second story small business spaces are available and the third story will be apartments for those interested in living in the downtown area of Evans Farm.
Also included in Phase 1 of commercial, are condos. These will start on the east side of Evans Farm Dr., just north of the Phase 1 building, shown above. All of the condos are planned to be a townhouse-style, rather than a ranch-style.
Christmas Open House(s)
Three builders opened their houses to over 100 visitors on December 12 and offered them free beverages and hors d’ouerves. The Open House(s) Tour began at 5773 Piatt Road built by Custom Elite Homes. Guests were treated to a beautiful sunset over the west lake from the wrap-around porch of this Craftsman Farmhouse style home. The full-sized refrigeration and freezer pair along with the stainless farm sink received the most compliments.
A short walk past one of Evans Farm’s first residents led guests to the Stonecliff Homes offering. Amish cabinetry and exquisite multi-layer millwork were favorites. This home offers a first floor master suite and a flexible second floor layout that boasts more than 2,500 square feet.
The final home of the tour is being built by 3 Pillar Homes. Visitors were wowed by the wide-open main floor plan. The kitchen is truly the heart of this home located in the center of the action. The deep front porch will overlook the downtown district and a private covered rear porch will offer residents a quiet place to relax.
The 2019 BIA Parade of Homes
Written by: Tracy Schiefferle, Assistant Executive Director, BIA of Central Ohio
Since 1943, the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio has represented single- and multi-family homebuilders, developers and remodelers throughout the area. The BIA Parade of Homes has been wowing hundreds of thousands of visitors for 66 years, via its tour of new homes featuring the latest and greatest in-home design and decor. Each year, central Ohio’s premier builders showcase their homes, offering Parade guests the opportunity experience the most current trends firsthand.
On behalf of the BIA, we are very excited to present the 2019 BIA Parade of Homes at Evans Farm.
The concept of Evans Farm becoming a Parade of Homes site has been discussed for a while now. Finally seeing it come together is exciting. The New Urbanism living and design concepts that Evans Farm brings to the table will be a bit different for the Parade of Homes and we think that the public will respond with enthusiasm.
Evans Farm checked all the boxes for our Parade of Homes site selection committee. The roughly 1,200-acre mixed use development offers Olentangy schools, a convenient location just north of Lewis Center Road. The New Urbanism concept promotes walkable neighborhoods and a variety of architectural custom homes featuring front porches and hidden parking. The concept of connecting neighbors and bringing people together is front and center with the network of paths and ponds, parks and green spaces.
Our BIA member builders find the site appealing for the above but also the community’s architectural diversity of styles that include Craftsman, Italianate, Victorian and French Eclectic. With a dozen plus BIA member builders participating in the 2019 Parade, we are excited about the opportunity to showcase some new builders to the Parade as well as the return of some veteran Parade builders. It’s always exciting to see what different designs and floor plans the builders bring to a Parade home and with the Evans Farm design concept this will be a must-see Parade.
Evans Farm will be the 67th year the BIA has presented a Parade of Homes to the central Ohio Community. Our first Parade was in 1952 and was a scattered site Parade throughout Upper Arlington. Since that time the Parade has been at locations all over central Ohio. We recently completed uploading the past Parade guide books to our Parade website and it’s been so fun to look back and see how the locations, homes and décor has changed over the past 66 years.
The one thing that fortunately hasn’t changed is the community’s interest in coming out each year to see the latest and greatest in new homes. One of the best parts of my job is just strolling through the Parade site and listening to the attendees’ comments. Everyone has an opinion about the styles and décor and it’s as varied as the homes can be.
As one can imagine, there is quite a bit of planning that goes into a Parade. Aside from the builders working on their homes, the BIA event team goes to work to secure sponsors and exhibitors, site and parking layout, staffing, publicity and on and on. Each location presents a different set of circumstances and all of that must be considered when trying to put together the best Parade experience for our guests. There are lots of planning meetings well in advance. Tony and Dan have been working with us to start plans and they have visited with our team during the past two Parades to get a good understanding of some of the behind the scenes issues. I am excited to be working with them on plans for 2019. It’s going to be fantastic Parade of Homes and I look forward to seeing the central Ohio community out to tour it July 13-28.
The YMCA of Central Ohio recently completed its Market Analysis for a new YMCA, an important milestone in the effort to partner with the community to develop a new Y at Evans Farm. The study, completed by Triangle2 Solutions, revealed a great amount of interest in supporting a new YMCA through participation in membership and programs. As it pertains to the facility, the greatest amount of interest centered around swimming pools, a walking/running track, fitness center, gymnasium and outdoor turf. The YMCA’s Senior Vice President on the project, Brian Kridler, had this to say: “All of the amenities that we would expect to hear about were there, but there was also a significant amount of interest expressed in arts programming, so we are taking that into account with our initial facility design. The preliminary concepts will be completed by the end of October at which point we will begin holding community meetings to collect feedback and solidify the vision so that we can begin the really critical work of fundraising. There will soon be opportunities for everyone to get involved.” When asked what surprised him the most, Brian shared, “The number of members that the study said we would attract was larger than we anticipated. It was great news, but we had to rethink the size of the building needed to serve this family-focused community.”
Evans Farm has expanded its staff to include two new personnel, Bob Kuederle and Joshua Perry. These recent hires will positively impact the development as the community continues to grow. As Phase 1 nears completion, Phase 2 is in progress of engineering and approvals.
Mr. Kuederle is a licensed professional engineer, directing our engineering and construction operations. Mr. Kuederle joined Evans Farm after serving as a Vice President for American Structurepoint in its Columbus office for six years. Before that, Mr. Kuederle served in various roles with Woolpert, a national design, infrastructure and geospatial firm.
As our Director of Development, Mr. Kuederle oversees our capital program including design, engineering, permitting, construction and site management. He is responsible for procurement and managing a wide range of vendors including professional services consultants and construction contractors.
Mr. Perry, well known in the area for graduating from Olentangy High School and continuing to The Ohio State University while pursuing his football career, graduated from OSU with a degree in Consumer Sciences. During his time in college, Mr. Perry spent time with M/I Homes and Continental Realty (now Newmark Knight Frank), and through his time with these firms learned many skills that will help him transition into his position at Evans Farm.
His position will mainly focus on client and customer relations. He will bring his relationships and knowledge of the area to this team. In addition to his position at Evans Farm, Joshua is a licensed Realtor with Buckeye National Realty, locally.
As homeowners are eager to move into their newly constructed houses, Evans Farm is excited to announce that Phase I construction is nearing completion. All of the utilities are wrapping up, while the paving of all the roads and alleys are also finishing. It is estimated that the paving will be completed before Thanksgiving.
With approximately 20 houses under construction and a few expected to be finished in the next few weeks, Evans Farm is progressing into the Lewis Center neighborhood that everyone has been talking about. Several of our approved builders have started homes onsite, with some still available for purchase. If you are interested in learning more about the community or the builders, please contact us at 740-548-0113 or stop in our sales office.
The Ohio State Buckeyes rallied against the Penn State Nittany Lions to upset the white-out crowd in a 27-26 game at Happy Valley. This ‘edge of your seat’ match-up was pre-gamed at the Evans Farm site by 200-300 people who wanted to learn more about the community, hang out with their future neighbors, walk through the nearby house, play cornhole, make buckeye necklaces, and meet Joshua Perry (former OSU linebacker).
Three Joshua Perry signed footballs and a signed a pair of cornhole boards were raffled off to some of the attendees. All of the proceeds of this raffle went to support the Joshua Perry Family Foundation.
What is 5G?
Written by: Christopher Bland, Cell Site Capital
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have certainly heard the term “5G” on television as each wireless carrier tells you it is the fastest network ever! Simply put, “5G” is the next generation of wireless connectivity. It will make everything you do on your smart devices better. Better how? Well, let’s keep it simple and call it faster. By faster, I mean 50x to 100x faster than you get it today. As an example, if you were to download a movie on an iPad, it might take you 6 minutes today. Who has time for that, right? 5G will accomplish this is less than 4 seconds!
The second critical part of 5G is capacity. If you have ever been to an Ohio State football game at the Shoe and tried to get a signal, you understand! It’s not that there is no coverage within the stadium. The issue is there are 110,000 people trying to post pictures and videos on social media at the same time. It’s not a coverage issue, it’s a capacity issue. 5G is designed to solve most of the capacity issues. It is estimated that each cell site in the U.S. will need to simultaneously handle over 50,000 connections with 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Why do speed and capacity matter? In Evans Farm, that means ease of access to entertainment options that are happening in the town center or checking online for restaurant wait times. It’s a Saturday afternoon in the fall, and your favorite college football team is playing…and instead of sitting on your couch, you and the family choose to picnic in one of the many parks in Evans Farm. With 5G you can set up your iPad to watch the game in 4K HD as your spouse reads a book or just enjoys the sun.
One of the most impactful benefits of 5G is the ability to self-monitor our own health in real time. If you wear a smart watch, you may see some of this today. Most of these benefits are recognized through “activity tracking” which can tell you how many calories you have burned or how many minutes you have or haven’t exercised. 5G can and will take these benefits to the next level, by warning you about a potential negative health event that may happen. Imagine getting a call from your doctor in real time inquiring about how you are feeling because they had an alert sent to them raising attention to an abnormality that is currently happening. This is extremely important for us as an aging population. The biggest reason why our older adults move from their homes is predicated largely by the growing need for ongoing health monitoring. If we use technology to help us self-monitor our own health, it gives us greater flexibility and longevity both in our independence and lifestyle.
Robust wireless connectivity offers the ability to connect to emergency services such as police and fire departments. Today, over 70% of U.S. households are “cellular only”, meaning they no longer have a home phone line. This is important because the way emergency services find a location from a person calling from a cell phone is to “triangulate” the signal. Meaning, the emergency personnel are trying to find and confirm your precise location from the three closest cell towers to which your phone is connected. Sometimes, these cell sites could be located miles away. 5G requires much smaller, but higher numbers of node (cell) locations that are integrated into our communities.
Overall, what 5G will allow is real time access to information and the ability to use that data to live our lives in the most efficient way possible. Families residing in Evans Farm have one of the best school systems in the state with their children attending Olentangy Local Schools. Daily, teachers ask students to access information from their devices to find answers to problems. Our schools are able to create real-time surveys or tests for the students to take or respond to using their smart devices.
So, what does all of this speed and access to information truly mean? Within Evans Farm, this will help with keeping the community safer with access to information and entertainment options. All of this while being integrated within streetlights or on building with as little visual impact as possible. It will be there when you want it and hidden when you don’t.
Christopher Bland is the Founder of Cell Site Capital based in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2013 Cell Site Capital has helped communities develop responsible wireless services. Focusing on integrating communication facilities with minimal impact to the community.
- We are pleased to announce that, at the time of this printing, we now have 10 homes under construction!
- Construction is proceeding in our Phase 1 residential area. Fiber-optic, natural gas, and electric lines are currently being extended through the alley corridors of the community.
- Preliminary plans are being reviewed on the initial phase of our commercial area. We are optimistic that, following plan reviews and permitting, construction will begin in the 4th quarter of 2018.
- We recently held the Evans Farm Tree Sale, with trees grown from our nursery stock. We enjoyed meeting with many of our neighbors in the community and were able to sell a number of trees. Proceeds from the tree sales were donated to the Evans Farm Foundation.
- We have begun the process of moving our nursery, currently located near Radnor, to our new site at Evans Farm. We are moving over 3,600 trees! Our new location is at the corner of Shanahan Road and North Road. Look for the old red horse stable, it’s our new nursery!
Grand Opening Celebration!
Written by: Mitch Greenwald, Creative Spot
Over 400 people enjoyed the Grand Opening Event at Evans Farm on May 6. Those in attendance were able to see the new homes that are under construction as well as meet with the staff and representatives from the preferred custom builders. There were also food trucks, face painting, balloon artists and recreation and pony rides provided by the Y. Sunny 95 was also on site to give away prizes and play music. The weather was fantastic and it was a great opportunity for those interested in the Evans Farm community to learn more about this exciting community.
Camping out with Camp Skeeter
Written by: Kristin Piper, Sustainability Director
Each year, in the Olentangy Elementary Schools, a week is designated to teach the first graders about the sciences and life skills. The teachers and volunteers schedule guest speakers to come into their classes and coordinate activities with their students. After speaking with a few of the students in one of the schools, some of the guest speakers they had this year focused on yoga, rocket launching, karate, and, of course, Evans Farm trees. In one of the classes, we even stood up and did the yoga tree pose for a few minutes.
At Heritage Elementary, the first-grade students planted Chestnut Oak acorns earlier in the year (see January/February 2018 newsletter). After that activity, the Evans Farm staff brought the potted acorns back to the greenhouse to allow them to grow in an ideal environment. During that time, the acorns were given warmth, sunlight, water and fertilizer. The tree saplings were returned to the students during the Camp Skeeter presentation. The saplings ranged between 6-10” tall.
An additional presentation was made at Johnnycake Corners Elementary School. These students were each given a Burr Oak from the Evans Farm greenhouse, with hopes and expectations that they will get planted by the students.
During each of these presentations, we asked the students what trees need in order to grow, what do trees give us, and the parts of a tree. All the classes that we visited were very knowledgeable and had fantastic answers. Following the lesson, the conversation was opened for any questions that they had related to trees. Many great questions were asked by the students. A few of them included:
- How does a tree change carbon dioxide into oxygen?
- What are trees made of?
- How many types of trees are there?
- How could the oldest tree be almost 5,000 years old when it is only 2018?
- When do trees make bark?
- How fast do trees grow?
Evans Farm appreciates being able to partner with the Olentangy School district and looks forward to coordinating with Arrowhead Elementary during their “Survival Training” during the month of June!