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Chakaika

Posted By Franger Flores, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For my project, I decided to go ahead and plant a very uncommon yet very well-known flower called "the sunflower". The sunflower is an annual plant grown as a crop for its edible oil and edible fruits. Sunflower is also used as bird food, as livestock forage and in some industrial applications. The plant was first domesticated in the Americas. Wild Helianthus annuus is a widely branched annual plant with many flower heads. One of the main reason why I picked this flower is because the hurt my mother volunteers at on the weekends, El Rincon de San Lazaro, is known for their fund raiser of selling Sunflowers. The reason why they sell this particular flower is because tibia the saint's known flower for it's itchiness in vitamins and gifts of food and nutrients. I spoke to the priest of the church, Armando Mendez, who gave me permission to plant a sunflower seed in one of their gardens where they grow this flower. He also agreed that since this particular flower is for a good cause that he will keep it there to showcase the children who are currently going through Catholicism on Sunday school. On August 7, 1840, Chakaika led a second successful raid on the island community of Indian Key. Afterwards, on a hidden island in the Everglades, Chakaika felt he and his people were safe, but an early morning attack by Colonel William S. Harney proved fatal. Today the island is known as Yatcasask in Mikulski, or "Hanging People” in English, because of Harney’s display of the enemy’s bodies after his victory. I grew up with this flower around the house because back in my country, this is a very well-known flower. As explained before, not only it serves as a flower, but it can also give seeds to feed others and rich in oils and vitamins. I had a great time doing this project and participating in Fflor500 because I truly feel that I made a change in the community by planting this seed.  

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