Posts by Zuri Blandon

Spring Harvest at KIPP

Kia did a big late Spring harvest.  The garden is lush with summer crops growing and making their way up.. Students  helped  harvest eggplants, Artichokes, green beans, herbs, strawberries, cherry tomatoes and a cucumber. Students were happy to see their garden grow foods. Many of them share weather they ate or not any of the things…

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Color in Nature and Around US.

Color is everywhere and without it our lives will have  different meaning and reason to be. In nature color  signals danger, diversity in species, an invitation to be eaten,  or beautiful flower calling on the pollinators with it striking colors and aromas. Our class focused on color and how it helps us make sense of…

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Last Day for the Kinder Graders

Here they were on the last day of their garden class. Enjoying themselves finding Friends & Foes in the garden, smelling flowers and herbs. Lovely children whose imaginations helped them become more drawn to plants and nature. The school garden gives them an opportunity to learn about nature and see it as a  living environment…

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Food for the Soil

Students were busy helping add  nutrients to our beds. Students learned about  compost and other ways to make  the soil rich.  Students also harvest corianders seeds, We are letting cilantro plants  go to flower and dry. Next week they will be able to take the seeds with them and start their own cilantro growing..

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A bee is a friend

Honey bees live together in a colony, divided in three groups – queen bee, drones and workers. Each  group has an important role in the community. they work as team to keep the colony alive and well fed during the long winter days when they will live inside their beehive eating  honey. Students understood how…

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Where do our foods come from?

Students  learned that  our fruits and vegetables are grown in many places in the world, but their original birth place is very different than where they are grown.  in a fun lesson about foods and culture, students guest where is the birthplace of the first tomatoes, potatoes, olives, carrots, corn, mango to name a few. they…

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Herbs for Mothers Day

Students were exited picking their favorite herbs for home  and share with the  family. Pineapple sage, mint oregano, thyme, basil  lemon balm and cilantro are some of their favorites. Many of them made  bouquets for their parents in honor of mother’s day. Students at Kia are very enthusiastic to see their garden bloom and they want to share and…

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Colors in Nature

KIA  students are learning about colors and light  in nature, what colors and light  mean for insects and bugs. Chlorophyll makes  the leaves turn green, birds get their color by eating foods that give them the color, or use sunlight as a reflection to camouflage its color.   The garden is  colorful right now, flowers and warm season…

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Last Class

What a great way to say see you later to  the Spring class. Students had their farewell class with art, games and  herb bouquets as a thank you for their care and attention during the last 6 weeks of garden class. This cycle was involve in moving the garden from cool to warm season. Students made seedlings,…

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Harvest, First Garden Class

The Kinder classes made their way in for their outdoor experience, they harvested snapdragons, herbs, chives, Swiss chards, purple chards and carrots.   As the warm crops continue growing,  students helped harvest the cool season crops and  make room for the new plants.  Some of them sample and liked the taste of these veggies and…

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Welcome New Cycle

  The garden looks welcoming with its colors and fragrances, and  students  experienced that on a crisp Monday morning Their first lesson: Warm vs Cool season. The edible garden is growing corn, beans and  squash (three  sisters). These are heat loving crops that make  a great friend and companion to each other.  Along with tomatoes,herbs and flowers, the garden is…

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What part of the plant do I eat at home? | Eastman

Carrots, lettuce, beans, broccoli are some vegetables that are roots, leaves, seeds and flowers, respectively. Identifying the parts of the plant will help students understand what is growing in the garden and what parts of the plant they buy at home. Students drew their own plant and labeled all six parts of it. They had to think of what…

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Learning About Compost at KIPP

What should I do with my left over apple? Students had an introduction to compost that gave them alternatives to their unwanted fruits and vegetables. Left over fruits and vegetables can be put back into the soil instead of the trash can. Compost will help students make use of their left over fruits. As they continue working to…

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Friend and Foe Drawings | Charles White

Both good and bad bugs are part of the ecosystem that exists in the garden. They benefit from each other; indeed, without them the garden would not flourish. Today, students put their drawing skills to the test by drawing a friend or foe they would see in the garden. They chose a picture from the stack of…

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Spring planting at KIPP

Students at KEA helped plant lots of exiting things for Spring -Summer crops. We talked about the weather and how the conditions affect or benefit what is growing in the garden. The KEA garden is ready for peppers, tomatoes, marygolds, and chilli peppers. Along with the rest of the crops already in the garden, these…

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Seedlings..

When to start seeds? the answer depends upon your zone. The Department of agriculture separates zones according to their temperature, this  enhances germination and strong healthy plants. Some seeds are best to start in seedlings and others sow. The parents club  put to practice their gardening skills and made seedlings! Students had their last garden…

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Bees

Students  learned about  bees and how we can protect them and provide them with food.The  diet of bees consist of pollen and nectar which they will transform into honey to feed their larvae and the colony. Flowers like sunflowers, cosmos, alyssums and snapdragons bring bees to the garden.  students learned some fun facts about bees…

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Bee is a friend

Bees  not only provide honey or sting us,  they  are essential for the growth and production of the garden.  Bees pollinate roughly 80% of plants going from one flower to another while  carrying pollen and nectar to their beehive. They live together in a colony, generally divided in three types: Workers, drones and the queen.…

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Friends and Foes

The garden is like an ecosystem where insects, plants, pests  and other alike make a home benefiting from each other. Students learned that some insects are beneficial for the garden and others are not. They looked at photos of insects and understood what they pray on and what plants attract them to the garden. Beneficial…

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African American History Month

  Kinder garden had their first class last week. The rain did not stop the class from learning about plants. Students  identified fruits and vegetables that like cold and warm weather, what is soil and what does it mean to be a farmer. After, they had the opportunity to draw what their garden would like if…

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6 parts

More  lettuces and mustard greens for our salads.. students keep munching and planting flowers seeds to make a beautiful spring garden. They learned all six parts  of the plant and identified what vegetables are in the garden that come in forms of roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.  

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Cool vs warm

  When can I plant tomatoes??  Students learned the importance of the seasons and how they affect the growth and success of the plants.  They identified vegetables and fruits that grow in the warm and cool season, harvested cool season vegetables  and discussed what part of the plant they were. They also made ornaments made…

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Cool vs warm

Understanding when to plant  is important for a successful garden. Students  learned that in California we have two planting season-Cool and warm.  The length of the day and how cold nights get  affect the plants growth as well. I showed pictures of cool and warm season vegetables and students reacted  when they saw their favorite…

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Happy Valetines

Students made  ornaments with herbs and flowers to celebrate friendships and kindnesses.  They understood that pollinators like bees, ladybugs and butterflies protect the garden and keep foes like spiders, ants and aphids away,

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What part of the plant is..

Learning  the different parts of the plant was a fun leason, students were able to identify  what vegetables  they eat that are roots stem, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.  Using a smartboard,  students identified the part of plant and what type of vegetable would be associated  with the part.

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Welcome to the garden 2nd grade!

First day in the garden for second graders. We set the rules of how to behave in the garden. We discussed the things they would like to see grow beside fruit trees and tropical plants.  They sample  lettuce, learned gardening words such as beds, compost, soil, hand shovel irrigation etc. Last, students helped prune and…

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Sun a source of energy

After a few weeks of rainy days, students came out to explore the garden. They planted seeds, seedlings, and  helped  clean the beds. They learned about the suns value to plants and  how it creates life and help all living things develop and grow.

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Organic Vs nonorganic

Today, students learned the difference between organic and nonorganic. One of the basic rules for a product to be organic is to be grown without any pesticides and the seeds to be GMO free. Students  understood that organic produce is more expensive than nonorganic and where they can buy organic produce. They sampled mustard greens,…

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Look at those seeds grow!

More seeds made their way to the garden. The rain left  the garden very wet and  damaged a few plants. Students learned about seeds and their importance for growing healthy foods. Most plants grow from seeds, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. The outside covering of seeds is called the seed coat.…

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Last class

5TH graders finished  their garden classes with an art gallery that showed their group posters. we discussed jobs that incorporate growing foods. Students learned that there are many professions where they can make a living by learning how to take care of nature and grow healthy foods. Their group topics inspired them to think about…

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Welcome students..

The first  day of  class for the new group. We could not  go to the garden due to rain, but students had their  intro to gardening indoors. They sample  lettuce and mustard greens, talked about their favorite fruit and vegetable and if they eat it raw or cook. The last two classes were able to…

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Rainy Day Games at KIPP

An exciting talk about exotic fruits and vegetables kept students cozy and fully engaged during today’s rainy afternoon. The garden came to their classroom and transported them to  a world of plants that they have never eaten or heard before. They participated in a game where they had to describe to their team what fruit…

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Discovering New Fruits at Charles White

Rain… feel it on my finger tips, hear on my window pane.. Students are still waiting for the rain to fully stop at Charles White before they can come to the garden and explore.  Our indoor lesson was about exotic and tropical  vegetables  and plants. With the aid of some cards with descriptions, students learned…

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Sustainable ideas for the future at Eastman

After a week of working on our posters, the 5th graders presented, explained ideas to develop a project that is sustainable, due-able and will motivate the community and officials to be involved. Students had 5 topics to pick from, as a team they brainstormed ideas, found inspiration within their school grounds and communities to develop…

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Parts of the plant poster

Our garden came to the students class due to the rain. The first class  worked on  posters, they drew and  nam ed the six parts of the plant by drawing  a plant of their choice. Second  class decorated  seedling cups that they will use to plant strawberries this spring. The last class harvested broccoli  heads…

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A bee is a friend

  students check on the garden after three weeks off. They helped  add compost around the plants that were damage due to the rain,  pulled out weeds and maintain  the garden  space clean. We  played a game, they had to act like  bees and swarm around the beds pollinating the plants and making friends with…

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Team projects and posters. (STEM)

A rainy day means  indoor garden projects. 5th graders worked in small groups brain storming ideas and  solutions to illustrate a poster for their assigned topic. The topics were the following: Rain Reservation, a Sustainable City, a School Garden in 2027, More Trees and a Community Garden in 2017.  As part of their  introduction to…

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Rainy days

After a much needed break, students came back ready to finish the school year.  Garden class was held in-doors until the much needed rain stopped. After the rain we headed to the garden to see how much  the plants have grown and  what damage the rain caused. “The garden smells and looks good” exclaimed one…

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Harvest and plant

The garden is producing  already, but more seedlings and compost made their way in on chilly windy Autumn afternoon.  Students have planted seeds and seedlings of  the things they would like to see grow and they are finally producing.   with help of the compost added,  the rain and the cool weather, our cool season…

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Green Salad at Kipp

Before students left for break,  a nice salad  was made from the edible garden. The ingredients? Mustard greens,  lettuces, carrot, radishes, herbs, lemon, salt and pepper and olive oil  made the salad testy. Staff sample the salad  and were surprise and happy to see how everything came from the Kipp garden.  Students are always ready…

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Bloom and harvest

Students at Charles White worked very hard this semester planting and growing in the edible garden.  the edible garden has produce a variety of plants teaching students  the beauty and wonders soil, seeds and the care we give to the plants can do for our plants to grow and gives clean air and food.  The…

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Plants and soil

Healthy soil is vital for plants and their growth. Students learned the six parts of the plant, and how we eat all six parts that come in  different forms. They applied this concept by waking through the garden finding edible plants that are roots, stems, leaves,  flowers, fruits and seeds. There was a contest, students…

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Biodegradable vs non-biodegradable

Students learned  about compost and it’s ingredients- green, brown materials, fungus, bacteria, invertebrates, oxygen, nitrogen and moist. Our  compost  bin was the sample where they added fruit and vegetable scraps, shredded news paper  and cardboard, water and a good mix. They understood the differences  between Biodegradable and non-Biodegradable and saw examples of the materials  that…

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Salads..

Last week was the last week of classes before Winter break. Students harvest lettuce, mustard greens, kale, basil, cilantro, rosemary and made a delicious  salad. With olive  oil, salt and pepper, lemons and  tomatoes for color…. we said good-bye to this semester. The first class  enjoyed salad and ate most of it, the second class…

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Healthy foods

Class discussed physical activities and the foods to eat to provide energy for the body. Students shared what they do  and eat to have  lots of energy  and how they can improve their meals incorporating more fruits vegetables, grains and legumes. After  our class, we went straight to the garden to find friends and foes,…

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