Posts by Danny Yaffe

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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West Vernon Learns How the Garden Life Cycle is Completed

Pollinators to decomposers and back again. West Vernon received a lesson on the life cycle in the garden and how decomposers complete the loop. Cover crops were removed and the students help amend a row crop that had just produced a bounty of corn. Decomposers can’t do all the work after all. Garden cucumbers, basil,…

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Valley View Elementary Learns Plant Parts and Their Functions

Valley View Elementary had a lesson on plant parts and their functions. A snack made of seeds, fruits, and leaves (corn, tomatoes, and basil) helped the students realize how delicious the parts can be in the right combination. Some primary consumers were spotted and made a great precursor to future lessons. – Ranger Dan

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Vine St Elementary Learns the Soil Recipe

Vine St Elementary has a lesson on soil and how each ingredient needs to be in the right proportion to be useful to the plants. Looking back at their journals to the lesson on plant parts and examining some roots really made the lesson tangible. A snack of zucchini lemon and rosemary was surprisingly well…

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West Vernon Reviews Plant Parts and Functions

Roots, stems, leaves, fruit, flowers, and seeds. The students at West Vernon went over the plants parts and their essential functions for the plant. They used their journals to sketch and write down the plant parts and what would happen to the plants if they didn’t have them. The garden was full of delicious and…

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El Sereno Elementary returns to a green Garden!

Garden classes have begun again at El Sereno Elementary and there was a lot of green in the garden to welcome students! Students were able to explore the garden and saw some flowers that indicated that fruits will soon be arriving. Though summer has ended, the garden is still busy producing and students are excited…

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Valley View Elementary returns to the garden

As the students at Valley View Elementary returned to the garden they were greeted with garden protectors and a healthy snack. Strawberries with basil and lime got the kids energized to explore and observe some secondary consumers keeping and eye out in their herb patch. Journals were created to make sure all the adventures can…

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Vine St Elementary has a colorful snack and saves some seeds

A colorful end of summer snack was a visual and delicious treat for the students and Vine St Elementary. Out with the old and in with the new! Students help save seeds from spent summer plants, aerated and amended the newly vacated beds, and started seeds for the upcoming change in seasons. – Ranger Dan

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West Vernon Elementary comes back to a busy garden

The garden at West Vernon Elementary was happy to have its students back. Fortunately there were secondary consumers present to keep the garden safe all summer. So much to harvest and eat!! A fresh corn salsa with garden cucumbers to dip greated the eager students. A garden review and journal construction were great welcome back…

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Carson-Gore starts the year with a colorful harvest

Students at Carson-Gore Elementary were excited to be back in the garden. A beautiful harvest of greens, strawberries, basil, eggplants, and tomatoes made a great welcome back snack. Journals were made to ensure the students retain and engage in their garden lessons. Plant parts were observed, explained, and tasted. -Ranger Dan

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Vine St starts the year with observations

Vine St Elementary had an active garden this summer. The students were able to see the fruits (or should I say seeds) of its labor. Journal were created to make sure they are keeping track of what is learned and seen. -Ranger Dan

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Finish with a bountiful harvest

West Vernon Elementary had a healthy harvest and cut back for summer. Beans, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, and peas. Several dishes were prepared and enjoyed. Students also had time to work on their own garden designs. – Ranger Dan

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Valley View Celebrates Dohnut Day Their Own Way

A healthy alternative to the morning treat is whole grain bread with yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit. The students at Valley View Elementary enjoyed it before some summer planting (cup protection from pill bugs). After the potato harvest the students helped trun the bed and plant a cover crop. – Ranger Dan

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Colorful harvest and garden planning

At Vine St Elementary the students tasted yellow carrots and basil paired with raspberries. A garden plan was worked on using blanks of their garden and a plant spacing index. Skills were put to the test as the garden classes come to a close. – Ranger Dan

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West Vernon Does the Numbers

Planning gardens is challenging without the right tools and know how. Fortunately at West Vernon Elementary the students are well prepared. A spacing chart of common edible plants and a blank scaled map of their school garden let the students fill the space with their own choices. Getting ready for their own garden space planning.…

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