Posts by Melanie Golder

No Place Like a Garden!

Hamlin Charter Elementary’s Garden has grown since we started last September! Here are before and after photos of the same section of the garden. We started out with a few marigold seedlings, and now we have cabbage, kale, turnips, radishes, peas, and potatoes. This week we saw an artichoke and tomatoes forming. We even have…

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A Taste of Garden

This week for our final kindergarten classes we talked about the different parts of plants and then had tastings of various parts of plants that we eat. We ate carrot roots, celery stems, broccoli flowers, and spinach and Swiss chard leaves. Most of us liked carrots, celery and the leafy greens, but broccoli seems to…

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Mapping the Garden

This week the 5th Grade at Hamlin Charter finished their maps of their garden beds. This not only teaches them mapping skills but they also have to identify what vegetables are already growing in their bed. Then both 5th Grade and the PALS classes used seed starting pellets to plant a variety of seeds, including…

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3 Ways to Start a Garden

At Lassen Elementary the 2nd Grade learned three ways to plant a garden—1) Planting seeds directly in the ground, 2) Buying seedlings at the store, and 3) Planting seeds in seed pellets and then transplanting the seedlings we grew ourselves into our garden beds. We planted cantaloupe and hot pepper seeds in individual seed pellets.…

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We made it rain!

Today we started a new garden session with 2nd and 1st Grade at Lassen Elementary School.  It was a gorgeous day in the garden, and we were being pelted by flowers from our giant ash tree shading the picnic tables. We found out how to rub 2 fingers gently on the leaves of the plant…

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Why garden?

It’s the 5th Grade’s turn in the garden at Hamlin Charter Academy. After a discussion of why we plant gardens (growing healthy food, saving money, enjoying beautiful flowers, exercising, soaking up sunshine and the peaceful setting), we explored the garden a bit to see what’s growing.  I then assigned each student a garden bed to…

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Look How We’ve Grown!

I just had to post a story about how much our garden has progressed since it was built last fall. This is a photo of the same garden bed pictured in our feature photo when we started the Garden Ranger program at Hamlin Charter Elementary last September. We had some drainage issues and a definite…

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Pico de Gallo from our 4th Grade Chefs

This was our last week with 4th grade at Lassen Elementary, so we prepared a meal from our garden along with some tomatoes and limes from the grocery store.   The students learned about knife safety and then went to work with their plastic lettuce knives and cutting boards to dice tomatoes, onions, radishes, slice…

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Leaf Identification at Lassen

It was a beautiful warm day to be in the garden. Our first classes for 4th and 5th Grades began with a review of the rules and a search of the garden for two different textures of leaves. We found curly kale, fuzzy sage, smooth Aloe Vera, colorful Swiss chard. We even have tomatoes in…

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Eating what we grew at Hamlin Charter

It’s harvest time! Neither the LAUSD teacher strike nor intermittent rain could stop us from having a tasting of vegetables planted by kindergartners last fall. Thanks, Kinders! We talked about what part of the plants we were eating. Radishes (roots), green onions (roots), lettuce (leaves), Swiss chard (leaves), broccoli (flowers), and green peas (seeds) were…

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Honeybees are buzzing at Hamlin Charter’s garden!

We learned about honeybees and why they are so important in our garden. About 1/3 of our vegetables depend on them for pollination! We learned about the differences between the queen bee, the worker bees, and the drone bees. Each one looks slightly different and has a different job in the hive. The bees that…

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Hamlin Charter Academy loves vegetables!

October 16, 2018 was a big day at Hamlin Charter Academy.  The irrigation system in the new garden has been successfully fine-tuned, and our seeds are starting to germinate in numbers to be proud of.  It was thrilling to see the new seedlings emerge from the soil at last!  Previously only a few peas had…

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Lassen Elementary Kindergartners Learn to Garden

The Garden Program at Lassen Elementary School started the 2018-2019 school year with three classes of kindergartners. They enthusiastically learned to hold their hands to make a safe cup so their seeds wouldn’t fall out or blow away.  Then each week we practiced using our “planting fingers” to determine the proper planting depth (one knuckle…

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A Taste of the Garden at Lassen Elementary

On October 17, 2018, Kindergartners in the Lassen Elementary Garden program got to taste some of the parts of plants we have been learning about.  We ate carrot roots, celery stems, broccoli flowers, spinach leaves, and Swiss chard leaves. Carrots were yummy, but apparently celery and broccoli are not pleasing to every taste bud.  Nevertheless,…

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New Courtyard Garden at Hamlin Charter Academy

New raised garden beds were added by Enrich LA to the main courtyard garden at Hamlin Charter Academy in September 2018 along with an automatic irrigation system!  Garden Classes with Garden Ranger Melanie Golder officially began on September 18 for two 1st grade classes, a 3rd grade class, and a TK class. Other Hamlin classes…

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