Posts by Cindy Soto

Seed Saving with VBGC members!

During garden class at the Boys and Girls Club, we discussed how the seasons are changing, and how the garden will be transitioning from warm to cool season plants. We also talked about how some of the plants in the garden will produce or have already produced seeds. I decided that in the last week of September,…

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YOKA Students learning about Parts of a Plant

On Wednesday it wasn’t just about, “this is the root, this is the stem,” it was about learning what each part does, learning that the leaf brings in food for the plant through photosynthesis and also learning the different parts of a plant that we eat, like a carrot, it’s a root that we eat…

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Getting the garden ready for Fall at Clifford

Fall is officially here, although this week it didn’t really feel like it did because it was hot all week. In the last two weeks we talked about planting seasons, what’s growing in the garden that will soon be gone because it’s a summer veggie, and how some plants will start to produce seeds, like…

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Fall is here at Delevan Drive

It might have been a pretty warm week during the last week of September, but Fall is officially here. Students at Delevan, learned about the planting seasons of Los Angeles. With the upper grades, we went into a deeper discussion about eating seasonally and locally, along with the planting seasons. And why it is important…

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LFCSA First day at the garden!

September 25th marked the first day of garden class at Los Feliz Charter for the Arts School! Since the first day of Fall had just passed a few days before, I thought it would be great to start off by talking about seasons with the 5th graders. We talked about planting seasons in the garden,…

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Planting seeds at CWC

With the seasons changing, this week we started planting all type of cool-season vegetable seeds all over the garden. Students got to plant cilantro, beets, carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach and much more. We planted about 10 different seeds, and all students got to plant one of each of which they really enjoyed doing! Now we…

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Welcome to your new garden YOKA!

September 13th marked the first official garden class at Young Oak Kim Academy! I welcomed all the students to their new garden on campus and we talked about some general rules to make sure everyone treats the garden with respect. We also explored the garden, and got to smell and taste some herbs. Classes were…

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VBGC just keeps on growing!

We are back on to regular garden classes after Labor Day weekend on September 7th. It’s been a whole year since the garden has been installed, and it is just glowing and growing! On the first day back, we had TWO small watermelons for both classes! Watermelons on a rooftop garden? YES!, you heard that…

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CWC is back for another year!

September 11, 2017 Another year of garden classes at CWC starts for the new school year! I was greeted by many Kindergarten and new students for our after-school garden class. We began by talking about the rules we should follow in class, like”respect all living things” and using “2 finger touch” while in the garden.…

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Classes start back again at Clifford!

Happy to be back at Clifford for the second year on September 5th! To start with, all the students had the chance to explore the garden, and observe what was/is growing in the garden. All students picked one veggie they found to draw and share it with the class. For the second class we talked…

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Harvest Party at CWC

A couple of weeks back we had our last garden class of the year at CWC. We reviewed what we had learned in the past 8 weeks, planted seeds, and had a harvest party while making edible bouquets with the harvest! -Ranger Cindy  

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End of the year at Delevan

Our last garden class of the year was a couple of weeks ago at Delevan. Many Students were sad that they wouldn’t be coming to the garden until next year, but we ended with planting more seeds in the ground and with a nice yummy salad and cucumbers with tajin! I also planted another California…

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Seed Anatomy at VBGC

On June 1st we learned some seed anatomy! But first, we were surprised to see a beautiful cucumber that was ready to harvest, so we did and tried it! Everybody enjoyed it! To learn, we did a hands on activity, “dissecting” a bean seed. First, took the seed coat off, opened it in half and…

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Seed Anatomy at Delevan Drive

On June 1st we learned a little bit of seed anatomy. To learn, we did a hands on activity, “dissecting” a bean seed. First, took the seed coat off, opened it in half and saw the cotyledons and also the embryo or as I call it with the students, the “baby plant.” There are more…

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Seed Anatomy at Clifford

May 30, 2017 On Tuesday we learned a little bit of seed anatomy. To learn, we did a hands on activity, “dissecting” a bean seed. First, took the seed coat off, opened it in half and saw the cotyledons and also the embryo or as I call it with the students, the “baby plant.” There…

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Flower anatomy at Variety Boys and Girls Club

May 25, 2017 Today the club members learned about flowers, some anatomy and the reason for flowers. To learn the reason why there are flowers, I read a book called, “A Reason for a Flower”.  After reading the book we all learned that the reason for a flower is to make seeds, but also provide…

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Flower Parts at Delevan

May 25, 2017 Today was all about flowers! Learning why flowers are important and their reason, and also their parts. I started off with reading the book, “The Reason for a Flower” . In which the students learned that the reason for a flower is to make seeds! Then it was about learning a few…

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Flowers and Summer harvest!

May 23, 2017 Today, the students of Clifford learned about flowers, some anatomy and the reason for flowers. To learn the reason why there are flowers, I read a book called, “A Reason for a Flower”. The kids learned that the reason for a flower is, to make seeds. We went on to learn two…

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Flower parts and planting flowers at CWC

May 22, 2017 Monday was all about flowers! First, I read a book called “A Reason for Flower” in which students realized, “oh the reason for a flower is to make SEEDS!” After the book, we learned about the anatomy of a flower, but only two parts, the female and the male part of the…

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Corn is coming up at LFCSA

May 22, 2017 Monday was another day of some good garden maintenance. More seedlings were put in, more mulch was spread out and noticed that are corn are doing pretty well, and are starting to pop up! Some of the seedlings that went into the garden. I also planted a few more Sunflower seeds. Mulch…

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Compost in a bag

May 18, 2017 The Club Members learned about COMPOST on Thursday! The first group had learned about Worm composting in the past but not regular compost. So, it was a great lesson for both groups! First, we learned why composting is great. It’s great because instead of throwing away food waste, grass clippings, dried leaves…

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Making Compost piles at Delevan Drive

May 18, 2017 How can you return or recycle food waste back to the Earth?? By COMPOSTING! Instead of sending food waste, green waste (like freshly cut leafs for e.g.), and dead material to the landfill where it just sits, why not compost instead? Today, the students at Delevan learned about compost, the ingredients and…

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Companion planting at Clifford

May 16, 2017 A day about plants that get along when planted together, companion planting! Companions don’t just get along but typically benefit each other in some way or another. The Three Sisters, corn, squash and beans, is a good example of companion planting. One of the many benefits we talked about was, how the…

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Compost making at CWC!

May 15, 2017 Today I was prepping for our upcoming garden workday on Saturday the 20th. Harvested a few things, and cleared a few sections of  the beds in preparation of compost on the workday. Coming Monday, students will plant seedlings and seeds in the newly compost amended beds. So today was all about compost,…

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Milkweed for the Butterflies at LFCSA

May 15, 2017 Classes couldn’t make it to the garden today, so I was able to do lots of maintenance for the day. Pruned some basil flowers, spread a little mulch and made sure everything had a sign. Also planted a few seedlings including a Native California Milkweed. Started to mulch the pathway! More mulch…

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1st day at Variety Boys and Girls club!

May 11, 2017 Today was my first day at Variety Boys and Girls club, I will be taking over Ranger S.K. for the rest of the year! For today, we learned about COMPANION PLANTING. What different plants can be planted near each other and help each other in some way, or which plants shouldn’t be…

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Warm season veggie time at Delevan!

May 11, 2017. Did you know tomatoes like to grow in the warm season but not the cool season? Or that Broccoli likes to only grow in the cool season? That’s what Delevan students learned this day, cool and warm season veggies. To learn different veggies, we played a card game in which each student…

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Seasons and new rotation at Clifford

On Tuesday May 9th, was the first day of the last rotation of the year. These classes have been to the garden before, so they were just reminded of the rules to follow in the garden. We started off by talking about what seasons are, and how there are veggies who only like to grow…

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Prepping the garden for more warm season veggies

On the 8th, it was all about getting the garden ready  for more summer veggies. I cleared some of our cool season veggies before the class came to have it ready for the students. For the days activity we started off with reviewing a bit from the lesson before, specifically warm season veggies, since it…

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Last Day for the 3rd graders at LFCSA

This past Monday, the 8th, was the last day of the garden class rotation for the 3rd graders. Since last week was about warm and cool season veggies, students got to plant and get the garden ready for even more warm season veggies (since their are some in their already). Before heading down to the…

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Last Rotation of the year at Delevan

Last Thursday, May 4th, was the first day of the last rotation of the year. One of the classes was gone because of testing, so we had a class that had missed their last day last week. Teacher requested if I could talk about soil, so we had an impromptu soil lesson. We talked about…

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Last Wednesday garden class at Delevan

Last Wednesday, May 3rd, was the last day of Wednesday garden classes at Delevan Drive. We did a quick review of what we have learned in the last 7 weeks, and then had our taste of the day, carrots and hummus, before getting our hands full of soil! We did a fun little activity with…

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Sunflowers and last day at Clifford

Last Tuesday on May 2nd, was the last day of the current 6 week rotation. Since it was the last day, we did a quick review of what they have learned in the last 6 weeks in the garden. After, it was time for a fun activity, all classes planted sunflowers to take home in…

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Planting seasons at CWC

For today’s after school garden class we talked about how in L.A., we have two planting seasons, “cool” and “warm”. We are lucky to have this Mediterranean climate because we can grow food all year long! To learn more about which veggies like to grow in cool weather or warm weather, we played a card…

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Planting seasons at LFCSA

Today on this sunny Monday, we talked about cool and warm season veggies. In L.A., we have two planting seasons, “cool” and “warm”.We are lucky to have this Mediterranean climate because we can grow food all year long! To learn more about which veggies like to grow in cool weather or warm weather, we played…

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Direct Sowing at Delevan Drive

On Wednesday April 26th and Thursday April 27th we learned about Direct Sowing! Direct sowing simply means, directly planting a seed into the ground vs. planting in seedling trays. We talked about why direct sowing is done, why gardeners or farmers may choose to do trays first for starting seeds, and it’s benefits. For the…

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Direct Sowing at Clifford

On Tuesday April 25th we learned about Direct Sowing! Direct sowing simply means, directly planting a seed into the ground vs. planting in seedling trays. We talked about why direct sowing is done, why gardeners or farmers may choose to do trays first for starting seeds, and it’s benefits. For the upper grade classes, each…

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First day of Rotation at CWC

On Monday April 24th, a new rotation of students started for the after school garden class! I introduced myself, and we talked about the garden rules we should follow in the garden. For that day, we did an exploration of smelling, looking, touching and tasting in the garden! We also came of the surprise that…

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Seed anatomy at LFCSA!

On Monday April 24th, we were finally back to garden class after three weeks, because of Spring break and Development Day. A simple seed anatomy was the days subject for the 3rd graders. As we all dissected a soaked bean seed, we talked about the seed coat, cotyledons and embryo or “baby plant”. As well…

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Warm veggies and getting natives in!

We are back from Spring Break on April 20th, 2017! Since many of our cool season veggies, like the lettuces, are starting to bolt and go to seed, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about cool and warm season veggies, as the garden will start to go into transition of warm crops.…

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It’s time for Warm Season Veggies!

We are back from Spring Break on April 19th, 2017! Since many of our cool season veggies, like the lettuces, are starting to bolt and go to seed, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about cool and warm season veggies, as the garden will start to go into transition of warm crops.…

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Back from Spring Break at Clifford!

April 18th, 2017, was the first day back at Clifford after two weeks! We came back to find that one of the beds was ready with many ripe strawberries! Since many of our cool season veggies are starting to bolt and go to seed, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about…

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Seed parts and weeding the garden at Delevan

On Thursday April 6th, we talked about seed anatomy! There are many parts of a seed, but we only talked about three of them. To start off, each student received a bean seed that had been soaked overnight. As we dissected the bean, we went over the parts: the seed coat, cotyledons and the embryo…

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Seed Parts!

Last Wednesday on April 5th, we talked about seed anatomy! There are many parts of a seed but we only talked about three parts to start with. To start the lesson with, each student received a bean seed soaked overnight. As we dissected the bean, we went over the parts, the seed coat, cotyledons and…

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