Posts by Shylana Roman

Cycle of Life at Delevan Drive

This week’s lesson included claiming new beds in the garden to take care of and learning about the food cycle. I explained a few new terms for the cycle – Producer (uses sunlight to make its own food; is a food source for others), Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Consumers. And included decomposers and how every…

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Glenfeliz Starts a New Chapter

The last round of classes at Glenfeliz has started with a cool new mini ranger program as an extra time for students who wish to spend more time in the garden for fun projects. We started by transplanting several squash plants and planting Mexican Oaxacan Green Corn seeds into two of the beds. These are…

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El Sereno Uses Their Noses!

Quite the exciting morning start at El Sereno this Wednesday, as a cow and calf were gracious enough to visit this morning! Butterscotch the cow and Oreo the calf were great volunteers as the children learned a bunch of cow and milking facts. They carried this excitement with them into the garden as we started…

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Delevan Does the Seed Dance

April 28th marked a fun lesson on how plants distribute their seeds. We first discussed the many different looks that seeds can have: the colors, sizes, shapes and various textures. For example, the sunflower seed is large, black and white striped with little grooves or a smooth shell. Secondly, we focused on the several methods…

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Delevan Drive Learns About The Secret Life of Soil

Delevan’s second lesson focused on the importance of soil knowledge and a healthy soil foundation. Since healthy sediment is full of nutrition for the plants to absorb for growth, it is imperative that we replenish those nutrients organically instead of modern agricultural’s false panacea with chemicals. This brought our attention to worms, those very helpful…

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A Cowabunga Surprise at El Sereno Elementary

April 20th brought a wonderful surprise guest to El Sereno Elementary! A mobile farm classroom complete with cow trailer brought Buttercup the cow and Oreo the calf for a special assembly. The students learned some fun facts about cows and milk production (they have one stomach with four parts and regurgitate their food). This was…

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Intros, or HiHowAreYa’s at Delevan Drive Elementary

April 7th marks the newest recruits for the Delevan Drive Garden with three new classes exploring the beds and three tiers that make it up. April is a wonderful time to be in the garden with Nasturtiums in a colorful bloom, grapes, fruit trees, and flowers waking up to the spring weather. The students and…

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El Sereno Elementary Bed Prep Day

El Sereno Elementary spent their sixth lesson prepping the garden to welcome the next group of students. A lot of work and love went into preparing the space with the students encouraging the growth of the current plants. Each class was split into work groups with assigned beds or tasks to maximize efficiency and plant…

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Know When to Grow at Glenfeliz Elementary

Glenfeliz learned a very important lesson on growing seasons and how climate affects a plant’s growth patterns. We spent some time discussing how our favorite fruits and vegetables each have their ideal growing conditions; strawberries and tomatoes like the heat, while broccoli and grapes like cooler temperatures. February’s sporadic heat waves gave us some examples…

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All Hands On Deck at El Sereno Elementary

Our last week of March brings the final lesson to these classes at El Sereno Elementary, so we spent the day reviewing proper plant care/love and prepping the beds for the new classes to enjoy next week! One class had a makeup lesson on friends, foes and seeds, so we played some rounds of pictionary…

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Seeds Away! At Delevan Drive

Have you ever wondered how seeds travel around? Or looked at a flower on the side of the road and pondered its journey? Delevan Drive’s fourth lesson focused on this concept and looked into the different ways that plants will send their seeds out into the world. The lesson began with a simple question: How…

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Delevan Drive Garden: Friendly and Unhelpful Inhabitants

The third lesson right before the big spring break focused on the many different animals and insects that can be found in the garden. This is an important fundamental lesson as it breaks down what is and is not beneficial for the plants – from the ubiquitous Pillbugs to the more rare Praying Mantis. We…

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GlenFeliz Elementary’s Day In The Life of Seeds

Last Monday (03/07) was a rainy day cancelation, so we rainchecked our third lesson on how plants scatter their seeds to this week. The rain brought the pea plants some much needed cooler temperatures, and they bounced back to share an abundance of delicious snow and sugar snap peas! These served as wonderful examples of edible…

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El Sereno Elementary Tries Some New Leafy Eats

This week concludes the 5-week block at El Sereno Elementary and to celebrate, we made garden salads with red and green lettuce straight from their garden. Some students were very hesitant to try the leafy greens but their classmates’ enthusiasm got them brave enough to try them. Some taste notes: very fresh, vibrant, juicy, and…

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Seed Transportation Party at El Sereno Elementary

El Sereno Elementary learned a wonderful fundamental lesson on seed distribution, harvest and collection today! We went over the several varied methods that plants deploy to spread their seeds to bring new plants to the world. I started by asking the students if they could think of different ways that seeds get around to grow…

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Delevan Drive Starts Its Soil Foundation

March 3rd brings new knowledge and a new class at Delevan Drive as Mr. Sala’s returning class learned the importance of a healthy soil foundation and a new class joined us in the garden. Mrs. Rivera’s class had some testing to do, so they will be joining us again next week to get their hands…

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Playing Bug Games at El Sereno Elementary

March 2nd marks the third week of lessons here at El Sereno Elementary and one new class. Mrs. Farmer’s Kindergarten class joined us for their first lesson and introduction to the garden. They were pretty excited to explore all the beds, so we formed an observation train to stop at each bed. Each stop included a…

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Second Round of Sprouts at El Sereno Elementary

A salad bowl of lessons is currently happening at El Sereno, as we have two returning classes (Ms. Ramos Kindergarteners and Mrs. Garcia’s 6th graders) and our 2nd grader newcomers, joining us this week. Our newcomers learned how soil is the foundation of of a healthy and nutritional garden yield. We went over the different…

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Baby Sprouts and New Mini-Rangers at El Sereno Elementary

The new week brought us some exciting new baby bok choy, arugula, red lettuce, and scallion sprouts to greet the newest garden students! Some of the students were so curious and eager, they could not stop asking questions all day long. To quench this thirst for knowledge, we made sure to answer as many as…

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El Sereno Elementary Gets In-Depth for Plants

The last block of classes got in depth with their plant knowledge as we broke down the different parts of the plant. A plant is broken down into: Roots 2. Stem 3. Leaves 4. Flower 5. Fruit 6. Seeds It’s important to note which parts of the plant are edible and how it differs for…

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Delevan’s New Sprouts and New Mini Rangers

Delevan Drive has some exciting new arugula, cabbage, and scallion sprouts popping up with this warm weather February has brought. The new crop of students were more than enthusiastic to explore each bed’s newest sprouts and older crops, making sure to practice their two finger touch. All the new students also pledged to treat everything in…

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GlenFeliz Soil Testers

A strong garden foundation starts with good soil knowledge; a good gardener really knows their dirt! As the soil is pretty much the home space or incubator for every plant, it is extremely important that the sediment is a healthy and nurturing environment. Soil can consist of different layers of types of dirt, such as…

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