Trinity Elementary had a great many special events yesterday…
But first we began with classes! They helped clean up the garden by weeding weeds, trashing trash, and turning the compost bin. We got a new compost thermometer to measure the heat in the pile and know whether or not we need to turn it. It is exciting to watch the temperature rise when we put it in! Our bin was only at 95 degrees which, although in the active zone, wasn’t at a more ideal 110 degrees or higher so we raked out the ingredients and shoveled them back in with a good watering to encourage decomposition.
At noon we attended a special reception and ceremony for the 5th graders. Rebecca Soni, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, was on campus to present medals to the 5th grade winners in sit-ups, push-ups, and the mile run as a part of the Ready, Set, Gold! program. Over the course of the school year the kids got in shape and many lost a considerable amount of weight (up to 22 lbs!) Afterward they held a reception with fresh salad and fruit and a basket with produce harvested from the garden today.
After school we gave away tomato, jalapeno, bell pepper, thyme, and mint seedlings to interested parents. We also were able to take a half dozen viola seedlings from the garden where our grown plants have started to seed themselves. It was especially awesome to give away seedings our own garden grew, but our thanks goes to Sylmar High School who donated the majority of seedlings. Twenty-seven parents walked home prepared to kickstart or supplement their home gardens.