Posts by Cindy Soto

Making hummus at the Community Garden with VBGC!

On Tuesday March 6th, VBGC members made HUMMUS!! I brought along with me many ingredients, the canned garbanzo beans, tahini, spices, and of course a food processor. The members learned what ingredients and how much goes for a little small batch of hummus. Members enjoyed it so much, that they didn’t leave without writing down…

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Why are greens important at Clifford Elem.

On Tuesday March 6th, it was all about greens! First, we planted some seedlings that were green, celery and lettuce. Then together we made a nice green salad with greens from the garden, some sorrel and lettuce. Students also learned some of the nutrients that greens contain, like fiber and calcium! -Ranger Cindy

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Cool/Warm Season veggies at LFCSA

On Monday March 5th, students at LFCSA learned that cucumbers like growing in the warm weather, and radishes like growing in the cool weather! We made a list on the board, giving the students the chance to make up the list as I wrote it on the board. I also had the chance to read…

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Seed Saving with Calendulas at CWC

On Monday, March 5th, students at CWC had the chance to do some seed saving with calendula flowers! After saving the seeds, we saved a few, and also sprinkled some of the seeds around the garden. We talked about how summer is near, and it is time to plant warm season veggies! Students had the…

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VBGC members learn about Greens

We have definitely made plenty of salads in the last few weeks because we have an abundance of greens, but today we made it for a specific reason. Before making the salads, I had VBGC members use their journals to make a list of all the types of greens that we usually eat, while they…

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Salad making with Delevan Dr. students

Students at Delevan Drive got to learn, how to make a salad, a dressing, and also learn the benefits of eating greens. I brought along with me a couple of different greens, romaine lettuce, beet greens, dinosaur kale, and red Russian kale. All greens have all different kinds of nutrients, but usually the darker the…

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YOKA students make HUMMUS!

For the last week of February, YOKA students got to make Hummus! Many enjoyed putting in all the ingredients into the food processor, and enjoyed trying hummus for the very first time! To finish class, we touched on some of the nutrients seeds contain, fiber and protein. -Ranger Cindy

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Talking about greens with VBGC at community garden.

The subject of the day on February 27th, was GREENS! Class started off by the making of a salad and dressing. I first pointed out the different greens I had brought along with me, dinosaur kale, romaine, beet greens and red Russian kale. I explained to the members that all have many nutrients, but that…

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Book Reading at Clifford

It was a really chilly morning on February 20th, so we kept classes indoor for the morning. I brought along with me chopped up tomatoes and lettuce from the garden to the classroom. The students had a little lettuce with tomato taco! After enjoying the snack of the day, I read the students a book,…

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Flowering Plant Life Cycle at CWC

For the last week of February, students learned the cycle of a flowering plant. From seed to flower to fruit and to seed again, with details in-between. To get a good visual of this cycle, all the students had the chance to open up a dried up marigold, they discovered the seeds inside and were…

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New rotation at LFCSA

On February 12th, a new rotation of students started in the garden. As always for the first day of class, we go over garden rules. The students got to explore the garden and look at the things growing in the garden. They are had a chance to try a nasturtium flowers and romaine lettuce from…

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So many Greens at VBGC!

The rooftop garden at VBGC has been doing so well, that we have been having an abundance of greens! The week before and this week on February 8th, I got to harvest some of the abundance to give to the parents when they came by to the club. When the VBGC members arrived we started…

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A rotation ends, a new one starts at Delevan Dr.

In the first two weeks of February, a rotation came to an end, but then we had another one start. For the last day of the rotation, students got to do different activities. Seedlings got planted, some weeding was done, and students also helped gather dried leaves for our compost bin. On the first day…

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YOKA starts seedlings & make salad

Since salad making is one of the favorite things my YOKA students love, we started off class on February 7th,  by making a salad and dressing! It was a day of getting our hands dirty and full of soil! After the YOKA students enjoyed their salad, we started our own seedling trays, we did cool…

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Native, exotic and invasive plants at Clifford

For the first week of February, students at Clifford had a small intro to Native Plants and learned the difference between Native, Exotic and Invasive plants in California. We even got to do some seed saving with a native plant that has been happy growing in the garden, an Evening Primrose! Students were really amazed…

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Seedling starts at the WM Community Garden with VBGC

Our little plot in the White Memorial Community Garden, has been growing slowly since our lasagna beds are technically new. We have little sprouts coming up which is exciting for the kids to see! For the first week of February, on a Tuesday afternoon , we gathered around to talk about seeds. We started off…

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Cool and Warm Season Veggies at CWC

During the first week of February, students at CWC learned which veggies like to grow in the cool season and which veggies like to grow in the warm season. We worked together to make a list on a whiteboard. We followed the lesson by planting a bunch of cool season seeds in the garden, and…

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Intro to Native Plants at LFCSA

During the last weeks of January, and beginning of February, students at LFCSA had an intro to Native plants. I brought along with me a few Native plants and seeds to the class so the students can get familiar with some. They smelled, and touched the plants and seeds. We talked about why these plants…

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New rotation on a rainy day!

The new year and Spring rotation started on January 8th, 2018. Unfortunately, for the first day, the students at Citizens of the World Charter didn’t get the chance to be in the garden, since it was raining pretty hard. We kept the first day of class indoors, and warm! I did a quick intro with…

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Rainy Day after Winter Break at Los Feliz

January 8th, 2018, was the first day back after Winter Break. But, we were greeted with RAIN! Which is awesome to finally get some rain! I also came to the surprise of many of our winter veggies fully grown, and looking so beautiful and green! Because of the occasion, for that day we had a…

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Big Harvest at the VBGC Rooftop Garden!

December 21st, was a day of exploring, drawing and harvesting in our rooftop garden! It had been two weeks that we were last in the garden because the club was closed the week before, so we came to find many things ready to harvest. Harvesting lettuce to snack on! The Harvest of the day! -Ranger…

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VBGC Planting in the Community

VBGC members really got to look at the community garden details on December 12th. All members got a piece of paper to write with, and they followed me along while we wrote out the flowering plant life cycle on the board. Once done, they all got a magnifying glass to go find the different stages…

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Drawings at the Garden with Clifford Students

Before we took off for 3 weeks, on December 12th it was all about drawing and exploring the garden. We did a quick review of the flowering plant life cycle. Afterwards, the students went into the garden with their notebooks to find plants in different stages of the cycle and drew them in their notebooks.…

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Hunt in the LFCSA garden

On December 11th, our last class before the winter break, I read the students a book that had to do with gardening. The book is called, “Up in the Garden, and Down in the Dirt”, a great colorful and illustrated book that talks about a grandmother and granddaughter, fixing and working the garden throughout all…

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Salad making with VBGC members!

Everything seems to grow so fast in this rooftop garden! With that being said, on December 7th, the VBGC members made salad with ALL the lettuce being from the garden! Everybody got to harvest at least two leaves to contribute to the salad. We made the dressing with some basic ingredients like Olive Oil, and…

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New Rotation at Delevan Drive

On December 7th, a new rotation started at Delevan Drive! We did a quick review of the rules we should always follow in the garden. Students then explored the garden, while identifying some of the things they found. To end classes, students helped with  some weeding, and also collecting dried up fallen leaves for our…

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YOKA Students learn about COMPOST!

On December 6th, YOKA students learned what you need to compost, and what type of things you can compost! All students had the chance to write the 5 ingredients of a compost pile, greens, browns, water, air and decomposers. Then they learned the steps on how to build one, using what was available in the…

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Continuing with the Beds at the Community Garden

On December 5th, I read a book to the VBGC members, called, “Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt”. The book talks about a grandma and granddaughter, fixing and working the garden through all the seasons of the year, while also showing what many insects and animals do, that are in the garden,…

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Keeping up the garden at CWC

The garden is looking great on December 5th! The garden will be full of cool season veggies once the spring classes start! Lavender was cut back in the early Fall, and now it’s on its way to growing back! -Ranger Cindy  

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Garden Book with Clifford

On December 5th, we kept the class indoors because of the surrounding LA Fires. It worked out great, because I happened to get a great book about a garden the day before. The book had a good description of seasons, and what insects and animals do, and some of their lifestyles. After reading the book, we…

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Last Day for YOKA Students

December 13th, was the last day for the Fall Semester Garden Class! For the last day we did a quick review of what the students had learned in the past few months, and did a bunch of activities! Students made Bruschetta once again because they loved it so much last time, and did a bunch…

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New rotation at LFCSA!

On December 4th, a new rotation started at LFCSA! To start the new rotation, the first class was about seasons. Once they know the seasons, students will know what to expect for the next few months in the garden. To make it interesting and fun to review, all students were handed cards with fruit or…

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Garden Transition from Warm to Cool Season Veggies

By the end of November, all summer veggies would have been gone already, but since the weather continues to be a bit warm, summer veggies are still lingering in the garden. Because of that, the members and I have been slowly working on a bed one by one, each week. I cleared the bed for…

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Another rotation coming to an end at Delevan

In the last couple of weeks of November, students got to do a lot of hands on activities, while also learning about the food chain. Students had the chance to give me examples from each part of the food chain, as they wrote them in their journals. Students helping with the transplant and separation of…

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YOKA students seed save and learn about soil

In the last couple of weeks of November, YOKA students had the chance to do some seed saving with our basil, while connecting it to our flowering plant cycle lesson. I cleared a small bed of tomato plants and had the students plant carrot seeds! Students also learned why soil is important, what NPK is,…

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Learning some basics at the Community Garden

While the VBGC members slowly help with building our new lasagna style beds, the members have also been getting introduced to some gardening basics during the month of November. One of our lessons was about seasons. Some students weren’t aware that squash, watermelon or cucumber are warm season plants. While broccoli, radish, and cauliflower are cool…

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The Food Chain and Garden Helpers at Clifford!

In the last few weeks of November, Clifford students have been great garden helpers, whether it’s planting seeds, or pruning the tomatoes from the dried leaves. The students have enjoyed getting their hands in the soil or just touching the plants. To end this last rotation, students learned about the food chain, while they helped…

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Last class of the year at CWC!

Our after-school garden class has come to an end for the rest of the year, on November 13th.  As always, I’ll be here maintaining the garden until our next rotation starts in the New Year. For the last day I had different activities for the kids. We got to do more seed saving, a scavenger…

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LFCSA full of cool season veggies!

You can tell that the garden is really taking in all the compost it got during the volunteer work day on November 4th. At the end of November, the veggies and herbs are just full and green! Cauliflower, broccoli, and lemon balm. Kale with small arugula seedlings. Lettuce, beets, kale, artichoke and a white sage…

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Marigolds, the flower of Dia De Los Muertos

Our class at VBGC landed right on November 2nd which is Dia De Los Muertos! All the kids knew a bit about this Mexican holiday, and some shared with me that their parents had an altar at their homes. They shared with me what some of the items on the altar meant, like the water…

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Pumpkins,Flowers and Recipe Making at Delevan Drive!

In the first week of November, Delevan students learned that pumpkins are in the Cucurbita Family, which also includes butternut and spaghetti squash. I asked the students if they know of any traditions that revolve around the pumpkin or squashes, especially in the fall months when they are commonly found in stores.  After our discussion,…

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YOKA students make Bruschetta!

In the first two weeks of November, YOKA students learned a bit about FLOWER anatomy. Many students were surprised, and even amazed that flowers have female and male parts with different functions in the same flower. The following week, we focused on hands-on activities. Due to the heatwave in November, our basil plants are still…

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Talking about Pumpkins at Clifford

It’s the first week of November, and I brought along with me different kinds of pumpkins/squash. Some of the questions I asked the students at Clifford. “Why are there so many pumpkins on Halloween and November? What are some traditions used along with the pumpkins and other squash?”  We had one pumpkin vine that made…

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Rotation at LFCSA coming to an end

In the first week of November and week of Halloween, students at LFCSA learned about flower anatomy! I brought a lily along with me, so students can see the anatomy much better. I was able to use the white board to draw a big picture of a lily, and together we talked about what the…

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