Posts by Flo Razowsky

Harvest Madness!

It’s been quite a month of harvest at our Hollywood Schoolhouse garden! Students gather a healthy harvest every other week to use for their on-site school market. This month’s abundance has included several harvests of celery, sweet onions, chard, kale, cabbage, eggplant, green beans, mint, thyme, oregano and perhaps the largest zucchini in the world!…

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Garden Riches at Cheremoya

Learning about edible this week we wrapped with garden snacks of Lettuce Roll Stuffed with Nasturtium and Borage Flowers. Learning about the different parts of edible plants, we harvested these Nasturtium seed pods. The pods will get pickled for future snacking. Everyone learns all the time! Even our garden ranger, who, along with all the…

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These Days, It’s All About the Harvest | Hollywood Schoolhouse

In preparation for the biweekly farmer’s market at Hollywood Schoolhouse, these days it’s all about the harvest. With our garden doing so well after the wonderful rainy winter and all of the students’ hard work of learning through doing, our Hollywood Schoolhouse garden just keeps churning out the hits. Clockwise from top left: Peaches, Zucchini,…

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Garden Reunion

Selma Avenue Elementary 1st, Kinder and 5th graders started a new rotation in the garden this week, giving them the opportunity to explore all the changes since their last rotation in January, including sunflowers, corn and wildflowers these students first planted as seed all those weeks ago. We got to have some delicious garden snacks,…

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New Growth, Maintenance and Happy Harvest!

With the changing of the seasons comes the time for growth in the garden. Students at Selma Avenue Elementary planted seeds before the rains came and we are just now getting to see the fruit of their labor. At the same time, students got to enjoy the actual fruit of their labor via a harvest…

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New Starts and Happy Harvest

With the changing of the seasons comes the time for new starts in the garden. Students at Melrose Avenue Elementary started seeds during the rainy days and finally had an opportunity to get those sprouted seeds in the ground. We also learned the importance of keeping our garden plants well fed so spent class time…

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Pest Control and Happy Harvest

Our HSH garden is growing great after all the winter rain! We’ve learned in previous classes about natural plant pest control we put to use in the garden such as marigolds to repel pests and nasturtium to attract pests and keep them away from other plants, so now we use that knowledge to help us…

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Rain Day Learning through Art

With another glorious rain day upon us, students at Selma Avenue Elementary were able to learn about the life cycle of a plant while making some great art. We added garden color to already existing diagrams of a plant’s life cycle and then added colorful elements that help make a fuller garden picture – friends…

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Rain Day Snacks and new Seeds Sproutin

Students at Melrose Avenue Elementary took our rain day as an opportunity to try out new snacks (seaweed stuffed with garden fresh veggies!). We also got the opportunity to starts seeds in order in prepare for our return to the garden after the rains. One thing we learned with our new seed sprouts is how…

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Lush Days and Learning with Seeds

During several indoor class days students at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary used a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, including – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success. After the rains, we were able…

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Rain Day Learning with Seeds and Lettuce

Using a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, students have been focused on mapping the spectrum of possibility with seeds – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success.   During these wonderful rain…

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Rain Day Lettuce Fun and a Happy Garden!

During these wonderful rain days, students at Selma Avenue Elementary got an opportunity to learn about the wide variety possible within a single vegetable using lettuce as a focus. We learned about how many varieties can exist – for lettuce it is over 87. how a vegetable can exist within a larger family we never…

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Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!

Using a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, students have been focused on mapping the spectrum of possibility with seeds – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success. After the lovely rains, students…

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Harvest, New Growth and Learning through Texture

With new classes coming into the garden at Cheremoya Elementary, we spent some time exploring the garden. Focusing on our sense of feel, we investigated what is growing in our garden based on texture. We also observed new growth, planted from seeds of previous classes, to start our learning process about the life cycle of…

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Harvest and the Farmer’s Market

Besides learning from and tending to the garden, students at Hollywood Schoolhouse sharpen their skills by using garden produce to run an on-site Farmer’s Market. In preparation, the garden at Hollywood Schoolhouse has recently been replanted with greens, snap peas and herbs. These lessons not only allow students to learn about the plants from a…

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New Beginnings

New classes are beginning in the garden at Melrose Elementary. The miraculous work of the outgoing First and Fifth grades offers the incoming classes a look at a vibrant garden mid-cycle. New students are able to experience the garden in full bloom along with some new plants such as the updated basil bed. Outgoing Fifth…

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Garden Colors, Harvest and New Seeds

Students at Selma Elementary used there knowledge of colors this week to identify different plants in the garden. The lesson also helped us identify which fruit and vegetables change color to help us determine when they are ripe. It was also harvest time at our garden this week with lush basil and lavender ready for…

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New Classes Get to Know the Garden

Our six week rotation at Selma Avenue Elementary came to a new beginning this week with new classes of 4th grade and Kinder classes starting their rotation. As with all new classes in the garden, we started with garden guidelines. After we were able to practice the guidelines in the garden we got to work,…

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Parts of a Seed and STEM in Action Part Three

Three weeks after putting our STEM lessons to action, Melrose Avenue Elementary 5th grade garden students have succeeded in creating a container in which to propagate seeds. During this week’s class, students presented their containers to eachother and discussed design elements, including what they would keep next time and what they would design differently. 1st…

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Every Garden Loves a Rain Day!

Two weeks in a row of glorious rain days kept us out of the garden and in the classrooms. This week though we were finally able to get back in the garden and investigate the growth of seeds we had planted before the rains came. As we had hypothesized, our seeds loved the rain and…

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Seed Growth and Volunteer Plants

It is always an exciting class when planted seeds spring to life. Using “Life Cycle of a Plant” diagrams, students are able to track the growth of their seeds week to week. This week at Cheremoya, we were able to see the growth rate one week after planting and several rain days. Students are also…

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STEM in Action Part Two

Fifth graders at Melrose Avenue Elementary have been learning about the garden through the use of a STEM curriculum. During our last class, students used what they’ve learned via STEM in the garden to design and build a garden container. Success of the container meant once finished it could hold soil, a seed and water.…

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Glorious Rain Days

Two wonderful rain days in a row at Hollywood Schoolhouse kept us sadly indoors but offered us great opportunity to talk about the importance of rain and the reality of our Southern California drought. We also took the opportunity to create indoor gardens using our previous lessons of garden friends and foes and guidance. Students…

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Garden Friend Mobiles

We are coming to the culmination of our first six-week rotation in our Cheremoya Elementary garden so garden classes this week used many aspects we have learned thus far to draw and built mobiles of things that help our garden grow. Options included the basics such as soil, sun and water along with beneficial insects…

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Checking Growth and Drawing Garden Friends

This week at Selma Elementary, students were able to check the progress of seeds they planted last week. Kinder students were able to see how their bean sprouts arched toward the window in search of sun. They then rotated the containers so the sprout pointed away from the window. Hypothesis were made as to whether…

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Container Gardening Experiments

All of our garden classes at Selma Elementary planted container gardens this week. With their container gardens they will have the responsibility of daily watering while being able to watch the plant growth. Our kinder class planted seeds in clear cups in order to see roots as they grow, our 1st graders made their own…

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Putting STEM to Garden Practice

Over the past several weeks, 5th graders at Melrose Elementary have been exploring how STEM relates to the garden. This week we put those lessons to the test by starting a process to design and build a garden container. The test for success will come in two weeks when we load the finished containers with…

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Snacks, Friends and Foes

Snack day allowed us to taste the varieties of leafy greens we have in abundance at Cheremoya Elementary including chard, romaine lettuce and salad greens. After our tastes were satisfied we spent time investigating the different garden friends and foes, the significance or impact of each and then took an opportunity to choose an example…

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Sprout Search and Snack Time

Jam packed day at Melrose Elementary! We started off the day by searching for sprouts from last week’s planting of seeds. And sprouts did we find! Lucky for us and our lesson on germination, we were able to see sprouts in several different stages of growth – from just popping through the soil to ones…

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Searching for Sprouts

Seven days after planting pea seeds at Selma Avenue Elementary, students went on a hunt for those that had already sprouted. Scavenger hunt accompanying questions included, “How many sprouts did you find?” “Based on how many sprouts you found, did all the seeds germinate at the same rate?” “What conditions might or might now have…

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From Seed to Harvest

We took some time today to harvest our first amazing crop of the school year which will go to stock the school’s mini farmer’s market.The market will be kept well stocked during the school year allowing classes not currently enrolled in the garden class to still reap the delicious rewards. We also contined our lesson…

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STEM in the Garden at Melrose

For our garden lessons at Melrose, we have been using a STEM curriculum to further incorporate the garden reality into everyday practical use. Students have discovered through investigation and observation how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is related to our garden. Today, students used these concepts to design a blueprint for the ideal garden. Such…

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Getting Seeds in the Ground at Hollywood Schoolhouse

Nothing better to start off a lesson than with the planting of a seed. Tucking these peas into our garden at Hollywood Schoolhouse gave us the perfect opportunity to remember what happens when we put seeds in the ground. We even got to look at pictures to see how our peas will grow, stage by…

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Hollywood Schoolhouse Back in the Garden

First day back in the garden for Hollywood Schoolhouse was full of eggplant, pumpkins, corn and squash. It was a day for observations and remembering how to practice our garden etiquette. And, we are looking forward to next session when many of those observations will turn into delicious tastings and new plantings.

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Drawing our Garden Dreams at Cheremoya

Our first day back in the garden at Cheremoya was a great one! We did observations that used our senses of sight, smell, and touch to discover what has happened in the garden over the summer. And, we took some time to draw our garden hopes and dreams to help guide our course for this…

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Back in the Garden at Melrose

After a long summer out of the garden, Melrose students got back in to observe (using sight, smell, and touch) what has been going on since their last visit so many months ago. Some observations included: the difference between similar looking but very different smelling basil, lemon verbena (which they identified themselves!) and mint, the…

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