Posts by Zuri Blandon

Crawl Worm Crawl

Students understood how important earthworms are for agriculture. Without their work underneath us, food and life will be different and perhaps not exist. These wriggly, gooey and loath creatures tilt the soil as they make their way through burrows. Water and air get to the roots of the plants much easier through these burrows. Earthworms…

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Winter Harvest @ KIPP Empower

The garden is lush and full of beets, radishes, and leafy greens. Students are busy adding amendments, seeds, and harvesting yummy herbs, lettuces, onions,  beets, radishes, and leafy greens.      

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“Earthworms on the Job”

Students understood how important earthworms are for agriculture. Without their work underneath us, food and life will be different and perhaps not exist. These wriggly, gooey and loath creatures tilt the soil as they make their way through burrows. Water and air get to the roots of the plants much easier through these burrows. Earthworms…

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Earthworms: A Garden’s Friend of Foe?

Students understood how important earthworms are for agriculture. Without their work underneath us, food and life will be different and perhaps not exist. These wriggly, gooey and loath creatures tilt the soil as they make their way through burrows. Water and air get to the roots of the plants much easier through these burrows. Earthworms…

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Earthworms @ Wilton Place

Students understood how important earthworms are for agriculture. Without their work underneath us, food and life will be different and perhaps not exist. These wriggly, gooey and loath creatures tilt the soil as they make their way through borrows. Water and air get to the roots of the plants much easier through these borrows. Earthworms…

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Winter Wonder

A wet slippery winter is here and students came to find a  messy garden.  The cold months of December, January and February are for gardeners to care and do maintenance in the garden. These long and cold months are great for making seedlings, prune herbs and fruit trees,  amend and test soils, harvest cool veggies, herbs…

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Winter & Shelter

A wet slippery winter is here and students came to find a  messy garden.  The cold months of December, January and February are for gardeners to care and do maintenance in the garden. These long and cold months are great for making seedlings, prune herbs and fruit trees,  amend and test soils, harvest cool veggies, herbs…

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Maintenance in Winter

A wet slippery winter is here and students came to find a  messy garden.  The cold months of December, January and February are for gardeners to care and do maintenance in the garden. These long and cold months are great for making seedlings, prune herbs and fruit trees,  amend and test soils, harvest cool veggies, herbs…

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Winter Harvest

A wet slippery winter is here and students came to find a  messy garden.  The cold months of December, January and February are for gardeners to care and do maintenance in the garden. These long and cold months are great for making seedlings, prune herbs and fruit trees,  amend and test soils, harvest cool veggies, herbs…

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~Plants at 10th Street Elementary~

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

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Plants and Venus Flytraps at Wilshire Park Elementary!

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

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Venus Flytraps at Wilton Place

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

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PLANTS at Eastman Elementary!

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

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Plants at KIPP Empower!

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked them self questions…

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Eat The Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors. Eating as many colorful fruits and veggies is a challenge for students and adults. Colorful fruits and vegetables help prevent health issues and make the immune system stronger. Students learned that vegetables and fruits are classified into 5 colors: blue/ Purple, green, red,  yellow/orange, white/brown. The color protects fruits…

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What is Soil?

The soil is alive.. and in it, there is a world of life and wonders waiting to be discovered. Students learned that soil is made up of minerals ( rock, sand, silt, clay) air, water, and organic matter. distinct horizontal layers ( Humus, topsoil, eluviation layer, subsoil, regolith layer, and bedrock) divide the soil into horizons and they range…

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Eat The Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors. Eating as many colorful fruits and veggies is a challenge for students and adults. Colorful fruits and vegetables help prevent health issues and make the immune system stronger. Students learned that vegetables and fruits are classified into 5 colors: blue/ Purple, green, red,  yellow/orange, white/brown. The color protects fruits…

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Eat The Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors. Eating as many colorful fruits and veggies is a challenge for students and adults. Colorful fruits and vegetables help prevent health issues and make the immune system stronger. Students learned that vegetables and fruits are classified into 5 colors: blue/ Purple, green, red,  yellow/orange, white/brown. The color protects fruits…

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What is Soil?

The soil is alive.. and in it, there is a world of life and wonders waiting to be discovered. Students learned that soil is made up of minerals (rock, sand, silt, clay) air, water, and organic matter. Distinct horizontal layers (Humus, topsoil, eluviation layer, subsoil, regolith layer, and bedrock) divide the soil into horizons and they range from rich…

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What is Soil?

The soil is alive.. and in it, there is a world of life and wonders waiting to be discovered. Students learned that soil is made up of minerals  (rock, sand, silt, clay) air, water, and organic matter. Distinct horizontal layers (Humus, topsoil, eluviation layer, subsoil, regolith layer, and bedrock) divide the soil into horizons and they range from…

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What is Soil?

The soil is alive.. and in it, there is a world of life and wonders waiting to be discovered. Students learned that soil is made up of minerals (rock, sand, silt, clay) air, water, and organic matter. Distinct horizontal layers (Humus, topsoil, eluviation layer, subsoil, regolith layer, and bedrock) divide the soil into horizons and they range from rich…

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Eat The Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors. Eating as many colorful fruits and veggies is a challenge for both students and adults. Colorful fruits and vegetables help prevent health issues and make the immune system stronger. Students learned that vegetables and fruits are classified into 5 colors: blue/purple, green, red,  yellow/orange, and white/brown. These colors protect…

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What is Soil?

The soil is alive.. and in it, there is a world of life and wonders waiting to be discovered. Students learned that soil is made up of minerals (rock, sand, silt, clay) air, water, and organic matter. Distinct horizontal layers (Humus, topsoil, eluviation layer, subsoil, regolith layer, and bedrock) divide the soil into horizons and they range from rich…

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Eat The Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors. Eating as many colorful fruits and veggies is a challenge for many students and adults. Colorful fruits and vegetables help prevent health issues and make the immune system stronger. Students learned that vegetables and fruits are classified into 5 colors: blue/ Purple, green, red,  yellow/orange, white/brown. The color protects…

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Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the Kipp Garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to…

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Seed & Seedlings

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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Seeds.

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

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Seeds & Spring Salad

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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What’s a Seed Anyway?!?!

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the Wilton Garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to…

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Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

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Seed Saving @10th St

Cool season plants are ending their life cycle, seed saving is a natural and inexpensive method to duplicate last year harvest. Students are learning how to harvest seeds from plants, identify healthy plants that will produce better strains that are well-adapted to local growing conditions. There are three basic parts of a seed in the angiosperms:…

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Spring Cleaning

Students are preparing the garden for Spring and Summer.  they carved pumpkins to save the seeds, washed them and plant them later on. They are also making compost for the beds and taking care of the strawberries patches which get invade by foes who love too much on juice and sweet strawberries. KIA students are…

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Spring is Here.

Spring is here! Rain and cooler days are here too. Rain and cooler days have arrived a bit late, flowers are sprouting, herbs and few warm season crops are making their way too. After garden maintenance, students harvested flowers and herbs to celebrate Spring and all the beautiful flowers that bloom around this time. Many flowers…

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Spring Bloom!

Spring is in the air and KIPP has an explosion of colors, leafy greens, and herbs ready to harvest, smell and appreciate. Students have planted seeds, made compost, tilted the soils and watered the beds during the unusual past warm winter. All their hard work produce a beautiful Spring garden with aromatic herbs and leafy greens. Cheers.     

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Welcome to the Wilton Garden!!

Today was the first day for the new cycle of students. They came excited and ready to eat something.  The garden welcomed them with a fresh leafy green salad. Students are working the soils and getting the garden ready for Spring and Summer. They tilt, cultivate, rake and water the beds and lots of healthy…

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From a Seed

Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders had their lesson about seeds and seed saving at Kipp.  after the lesson, the busy gardeners went to plant carrot seeds, wildflowers, and a few pumpkins seeds.  They also looked seeds ready to be harvest after the plant finished its life cycle.         

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Spring Salad

Today was the last day of garden class, students said ended their class with a fresh tasty spring salad. This cycle was a lot more hands-on, students planted seeds and kept track of them, pulled grass and weeds and watered them.         

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Dig for Worms.

We are getting ready for Spring and summer at Eastman. Students are helping tilt and mix the soil before planting warm season seeds.  Student dug lots of grub worms.  Grub worms are larval stages of different types of beetles. Grub worms feed off the roots of the plants, too many of them will stop plants…

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Compost at Wilshire

Students are making compost. Green, brown, air, water, and soil will get your compost started. Students are saving their leftover fruits and vegetables to get the compost pile going. Wilshire Park has ample green spaces. The goal is to make enough compost to share with rest of the plants. After class students help add soil and…

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Spring Salad at Eastman

Because an edible garden is to be eaten.  Spring salads are fun receipts and easy to make. Students like to make salads and discover new ingredients, sprinkle salt and pepper, squeeze a lemon or an orange, toss and mix, and finally taste all these flavors. The parent’s workshop also had their spring salad. They learned…

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Harvest at Wilshire

Leafy greens, snow peas, fava beans, carrots, herbs, and flowers. These are some of the cool season crops ready to be harvested.   The group of gardeners started their first they of class with a few things to sample.

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Too Hot for February..

Today’s class was about the weather and planning your garden around it. Plants thrive and grow according to their season, healthy soil, seeds, and water, inconsistency in weather affect the way plants grow. for example, February is a winter month, normally cool season crops are in full bloom enjoying the cool and rainy days. But February…

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