Posts by Danny Yaffe

West Vernon Elementary Has a Soil Structure Lesson

The healthy plants at West Vernon are thanks to proper soil structure. An intricate root system illustrated the movement of water in well structured soil. Students sampled different varieties of greens in their garden after a challenging lesson. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary Learns about Soil Structure

The healthy plants in their garden let the students at El Sereno Elementary know their soil had good structure. A lesson on soil structure and water movement in soil was capped with a fresh snack of cauliflower, tomatoes, salt and pepper. – Ranger Dan

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Carson Gore Learns About Soil Structure

The healthy soil at Carson Gore promotes the healthy plant growth that the students see in their garden. A lesson on soil structures explained how it effects the movement of water in soil and thus the development of plants. Purple carrots, greens, and onions was a delicious snack after class. – Ranger Dan

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Valley View Learns all about Soil Structure

Water movement in soil drives the expansion of roots. Students at Valley View Elementary learned how soil structure effects how water moves through it and impacts plant growth. Observing some brilliant flowers in their garden they understood water was moving well in the soil. Blueberries and pears was a refreshing treat to end the lesson.…

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Vine St. sees how soil structure effects plant growth

Vine St Elementary was able to see how water reacts to different soil structures. Roots follow water and good soil will have good percolation and infiltration. These terms were illluatrated and witnessed as the students saw water move in their garden. Blackberry with pears was a sweet snack after a challenging lesson. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary Does Some Seasonal Planting

The weather dictates what grows well in the garden. At El Sereno Elementary, the students got a lesson on this. Seeing cool season crops do well and planting some more helped illustrate this point. A savory root snack helped a little too. – Ranger Dan

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Carson Gore Learns Seasonal Planting

Weather changes and so does whats best to grow in the garden. Carson Gore got a lesson on seasonal planting and enjoyed a snack of eggplant, white carrot, and scallions. Micro climates allowed for these items to do well simultaneously. – Ranger Dan

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Vine St Elementary Ilustrates Seasonal Crops

Vine St Elementary learned what grows better in which climate. Illustrations helped to relay the point that the sun powers the energy required to grow warm season crops. A cool season snack of cauliflower with scallions was devoured. – Ranger Dan

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Cool Season Warm Season at West Vernon Elementary

At West Vernon Elementary the students learned that the environment dictates what plants will grow. Weather and temperature change and so do crops. Germination was explained and beet lettuce wrap was a good illustration of cool season crops. – Ranger Dan

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Leaves at El Sereno Elementary

Observing leaves throughout El Sereno Elementary the students noticed the different shapes, sizes, textures, and arrangements that existed. Noticing the first true leaves of some greens was a special treat. Almost as good as the beets flavored with mint leaves or basil leaves. – Ranget Dan

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Carson-Reviews the Garden Lifecycle

Learning the life cycle of the garden at Carson-Gore, the students see how it all comes down to decomposers turning all living things back into food for plants. Some outside of bed weeding revealed a baby carrot. A snack of greens, eggplant, and green onion was a welcomed break.  

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Seeds all around at Vine St Elementary

With seeds as the topic of the day, students at Vine St Elementary learned the basic anatomy of seeds. Small or large the important parts are there. While planting tiny lettuce seeds and snacking on the seeds found in cucumbers, examining the bean really made the radicle and cotyledon stand out. – Ranger Dan  

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Valley View Learns a thing or two about seeds

A seed lesson at Valley View Elementary let the students explore the sizes and parts of seeds. Know how seeds work help them plant small seeds at the right depth. A snack of pear with blackberry, lime, mint compote was a complex delicious snack. – Ranget Dan

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Leaves of West Vernon

Leaves were the topic of the day and a garden exploration showed the many types. Leaves are a great way to identify plants and detect illness. Some rainbow chard with scallions and basil made a great snack. – Ranger Dan

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West Vernon Learns about seeds

At West Vernong, students learned about seeds and drew diagrams explaining key parts of seed anatomy. They discovered and observed seeds in their garden; some we eat, some we don’t. We also found a large zucchini that could have fed the whole school! – Ranger Dan  

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Lessons Start a New at West Vernon

We had a great introduction class at West Vernon! Students explored and had a food hunt, discovering cucumber, basil, and garlic chives as a snack. A fallen sunflower gave the students a closer look at workings of flowers and seeds. – Ranger Dan  

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Leaves, Leaves, Leaves at Carson-Gore

Carson-Gore had a lesson on leaves and how they get so green. Chlorophyll is involved in the process of photosynthesis and cannot absorb green light, so we benefit by having and abundance of green in landscapes and gardens. Students were also able to observe the different textures, shapes, and sizes of leaves. They used leaves…

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All about leaves at Vine St

Leaves at Vine St were the focus of the day. Size, shape, texture, orientation, borders, etc. were examined and noted. Different leaves help the students identify plants and a connection was made between how thin leaves can be placed closer together while broad leaves require a petiole to help capture the most sunlight. Cucumber with…

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Valley View records the garden life cycle

It was a busy day in the garden at Valley View Elementary. Students learned and drew their own garden life cycles and had a chance to see it in their own garden. From primary consumers to decomposers the students whitnessed the cycle. The owner of the exoskeleton was discovered and beds were turned to make…

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Vine St learns and observes plant parts

Plant parts took the show at Vine St Elementary. Students observed several parts on a single plant as they cleared some bean cover crops for lettuce seedlings. Mulch was spread to help protect the beds and in between. All this info was recorded in their well decorated journals. – Ranger Dan

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Valley View observes the parts of a plant

Valley View has a lesson on plant parts and how they work together to make plants thrive. A blossoming strawberry made a perfect example of leaves, stems, fruit, flowers, and seeds working together. The snack of cucumber, lime, basil, and salt was enjoyed while examining a pristine grasshopper exoskeleton. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Observes the Parts of a Plant

As the students explored the garden they were able to see the parts of the plant in action. Roots, stems, leaves, flower, fruit, and seeds. Each having an important role in the success of the plants. A snack of fruits, leaf, and seed (cucumber/lime, basil, cracked pepper) put a good taste on a full day.…

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Vine St starts a new cycle and adds some color

As a new set of students start garden class at Vine St elementary the students are able to keep the garden alove through thoughtful water and planting of some flowers for the pollinators. Shade loving flowers do well in the winter at this tucked away garden. The students also started their journals. – Ranger Dan

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Leaves of Valley View

Valley View has a lesson and leaves and gets to explore the many types of leaves in their garden. Green reflecting chlorophyll was explained and the traits of leaves were listed. Different leaf types are great indicators of the type of plants and the many types were recorded in the students journals. Cabbage, leeks, and…

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Carson-Gore feasts and learns the plant parts

At Carson-Gore the students learned the plant parts and how they are all needed the keep the plants alive (this generation and the next). Many plant parts were available for tasting; fruits, leaves, and a seed stole the show. Tomato eggplant salad with basil and scallions seasoned with peppers was a fantastic treat. A heafty…

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Vine St Elementary learns about seeds

Seeds where the theme of the day at Vone St Elementary. The students learned that a seed contains a baby root (radicle) and the first true leaves (cotyledon) of a plant. The cotyledon also serves as a source of energy and nutrients fro the starting plant. In the garden students examined the first true leaves…

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El Sereno Elementary Learns About Leaves

At Wl Sereno Elementary the students learned about leaves and what makes them green. How the chlorophyll absorbs some color for photosynthesis and how green is reflected. Leaves are also a great ay to identify young plants as shape, texture, size, and veins will vary from species to species. Pomegranate seeds made a refreshingly tart…

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Valley View has a lesson on seeds

At Valley View Elementary seeds were the topic of the day. Where they develop and what makes them similar was explained by having the students draw a simple diagram in their journals. Radicle (baby root) and cotyledons (first leaves) are present in every seed as that is what every plant needs to start life on…

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Carson-Gore starts a new garden cycle

As a new set of students starts garden class at Carson-Gore the students made journals and took observations on inhabitants (plants and others). A food search discovered cabbage, eggplant, onions, and basil. Fortunately one of the garden residents was happier hidding in the cabbage than joining the class for their snack. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Sees Decomposers in Action

At El Sereno Elementary the students learned about compost and got a first hand look at decomposers in action. They saw a pumpkin being broken down into substances that could feed the growing plants, like the swelling eggplants. A simple avocado with onion and tomato made a great dip for the pretzels. – Ranget Dan

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Parts of the plant at West Vernon

A lesson on plant parts and amending/aerating the soil filled the day for the students. Most parts were able to be observed on developing vines. A butterfly graced the students. Cucumber with mint made a refreshing snack. – Ranger Dan

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Seeds everywhere at El Sereno Elementary

El Sereno Elementary observed the radicle and cotyledon in multiple seeds. They learned these are present and become the plants roots and leaves, sustaining growth after the stored energy in the cotyledon is depleted. Cucumber with colored bell pepper and seasoned with lemon juice and salt was a successful snack. – Ranger Dan

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Compost Lesson and bountiful harvest at Carson-Gore

Carson-Gore closed the first garden class session with a lesson on compost. Radishes were sprouting and there was a large harvest or summer fruit. The compost lesson finished the journals. A healthy 3:1 wet:dry ratio will keep the decomposers happy. Eggplant, olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper was sampled. – Ranger Dan

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Soil was the theme at El Sereno Elementary

As the students learned and recorded the proper soil recipe, the benefits of it use were all around them. Some healthy fruits were seen developing and ripened tomatoes with beans, basil, salt and pepper was devoured. Sweet and simple. – Ranger Dan

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Valley View Starts a Bed of Native Plants!

At Valley View, we started a bed just for native plants. Students learned that California native plants do not require the water and soil amending that the other fruits and vegetables in the garden need. They did a school walk to discover plants in the area doing well without additional water and took some seeds…

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Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers at Valley View!

As the students at Valley View Elementary learned about the garden life cycle, they explored their garden to find examples of the crucial players. Lots of life gave lots to discover as they digested their snack of cucumber and mint. – Ranger Dan As the students at Valley View Elementary learned about the garden life…

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Compost Amends the Beds at Vine St

The students at Vine St gave the garden a boost while removing summer plants. They used compost and learned about how expired plants are used to feed new plants with the help of decomposers in the compost bin. Beds were cleared, amended, replanted, and mulched. – Ranger Dan

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Compost is Building at West Vernon

As we take down the summer crops at West Vernon the compost gets a big boost in nitrogen. A lesson on compost and the balance needed between “brown and green” (dry or wet) plant materials filled a few pages in their journals.Students were able to snack on a giant zucchini from the garden! Students also…

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Vine St Learns the Soil Formula

At Vine Street Elementary, students had a lesson on soil and the components that make it hospitable to healthy plants! Learning the recipe for healthy soil and a healthy snack of zucchini, leeks, basil, and lemon kept the students smiling. Seeing some flowering mint gave them an illustration of the previous lesson on plant parts.…

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Vine St Elementary Completes the Garden Life Cycle

Vine St had a lesson on whose eating what in the garden. They learned that decomposers complete the garden life cycle and were challenged to come up with several examples that live in their garden. Keeping track in their journals helped them to realize it takes many organisms to keep the garden growing. – Ranger…

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