Harvest Party at CWC

A couple of weeks back we had our last garden class of the year at CWC. We reviewed what we had learned in the past 8 weeks, planted seeds, and had a harvest party while making edible bouquets with the harvest! -Ranger Cindy  

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End of the year at Delevan

Our last garden class of the year was a couple of weeks ago at Delevan. Many Students were sad that they wouldn’t be coming to the garden until next year, but we ended with planting more seeds in the ground and with a nice yummy salad and cucumbers with tajin! I also planted another California…

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Summer Harvest Party at Atwater Ave

My goodness, I can’t believe it’s already summer break! Time flies when you’re having fun gardening. I wanted to celebrate the end of the school year with an awesome craft project. We know why the sun is important to the garden, but it can do a lot of other things too, both good and bad.…

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Flowers A-Bloom at Atwater Ave

Class today at Atwater Ave was all about stopping to smell the flowers. Stopping to smell, and then looking for some brightly-colored floating stamen covered in pollen, and then seeing how the sepal forms…well, you get the idea. Students today learned all about the brains behind the beauty of a flower, and what each part…

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Planting for Friendship at Atwater Ave

Summer is here, and it’s high time we filled up all this empty space at Atwater Ave! I brought about 25 seedlings to the garden today, and I was sure my young garden friends would love to get their hands a little dirty. We first learned about a garden guideline that’s a little hard to see…

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Seed Anatomy at VBGC

On June 1st we learned some seed anatomy! But first, we were surprised to see a beautiful cucumber that was ready to harvest, so we did and tried it! Everybody enjoyed it! To learn, we did a hands on activity, “dissecting” a bean seed. First, took the seed coat off, opened it in half and…

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Seed Anatomy at Delevan Drive

On June 1st we learned a little bit of seed anatomy. To learn, we did a hands on activity, “dissecting” a bean seed. First, took the seed coat off, opened it in half and saw the cotyledons and also the embryo or as I call it with the students, the “baby plant.” There are more…

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Starting from seed at Atwater Ave

The first class of my last session before summer is already here! Students got to learn about the beginning and end of a plant – the humble seed! After students learned about the different parts that make up a seed, I asked them to help me with a seed harvesting experiment. Students got to use magnifying…

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Finish with a bountiful harvest

West Vernon Elementary had a healthy harvest and cut back for summer. Beans, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, and peas. Several dishes were prepared and enjoyed. Students also had time to work on their own garden designs. – Ranger Dan

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Color in Nature

At Mount Washington the 1st grade class learned about color in nature, and how it holds more meaning than just being pleasing to the eye. Colors signify specific nutrients in the plants, also the shade of green of leaves tells us how much chlorophyll the leaves hold, also certain color flowers attract specific pollinators to…

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Valley View Celebrates Dohnut Day Their Own Way

A healthy alternative to the morning treat is whole grain bread with yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit. The students at Valley View Elementary enjoyed it before some summer planting (cup protection from pill bugs). After the potato harvest the students helped trun the bed and plant a cover crop. – Ranger Dan

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Colorful harvest and garden planning

At Vine St Elementary the students tasted yellow carrots and basil paired with raspberries. A garden plan was worked on using blanks of their garden and a plant spacing index. Skills were put to the test as the garden classes come to a close. – Ranger Dan

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West Vernon Does the Numbers

Planning gardens is challenging without the right tools and know how. Fortunately at West Vernon Elementary the students are well prepared. A spacing chart of common edible plants and a blank scaled map of their school garden let the students fill the space with their own choices. Getting ready for their own garden space planning.…

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Potatoes Potatoes Potatoes

A huge potato harvest at Valley View Elementary sent the kids home with hands full. Patience and trust were definitely practiced as these underground swollen stems formed. 100 plus days from seed to harvest and well worth the wait. – Ranger Dan

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Writing Recipes at Ramona

In preparation of summer time, my students and I made a refreshing drink today. I taught them how to make lemon-mint infused water and how to write the recipe to take home with them. We discussed how this drink doesn’t have any sugar but the natural sugar from the lemon and the refreshing flavor from…

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Harvest & Party at Atwater Ave

Partying and harvesting is out and about at Atwater Ave Elementary! The garden is in full swing at Atwater Ave. Students celebrated their last class this session by helping harvest some carrots to make a beautiful salad. After pulling out some carrots, we passed it around to compare smell, texture, and looks to what we…

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Garden Pizza Party

T’was our very last day of the year at Toluca Lake Elementary.  As the 5th graders graduated in the auditorium, across the playground I celebrated with my kinder and 1st graders in the garden! As a special farewell treat Andrea brought fixings for some fabulous garden pizza!   We were able to break down the…

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Eating the Rainbow!

At Eagle Rock Elementary the Kindergarten class really focused not their eating habits. We first talked about Red, Yellow, and Green light foods – and played the Red Light/Green Light game to as a fun activity to remember which foods to eat a lot of, and which foods to eat only a little. We then…

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Mulch on Mulch on Mulch!

Dig, Wheel barrow, dump, repeat. Today we talked about mulch. What it is made out of (in our case broken down pine trees) and why we need it (to protect our garden from weeds and keep our soil protected and moist) We put our knowledge to action and transferred the pile of mulch outside of…

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Vibrant blooms at AIA

It is a beautiful cloudy day here on the rooftop. We got a sprinklong of rain today which is good for our plants! Squash, sunflowers, and marigolds are all blooming, which makes food for bees! Today we learned about harvesting seeds from our garden to plant next year.

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Bee jobs and honey at Juan Cabrillo

Yummm… there’s nothing like fresh honey! Mrs. S brought her tea-making kit and a jar of genuine honey+honeycomb to class; and together, we taught her TK class about how fresh herbal teal is made, with chamomile, lemon balm and mint. After the kids smelled the aromatic leaves, the adults steeped the herbs in warm water. While…

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Last Day at Dominguez high – Dominguez high

Last days….. We set it up in the former week to know what we will be executing. . So the seniors were gone and that was sad. I didn’t get to say my good-byes and good-lucks.. But the show must go on… Today we are ripping out the old to get ready for summer plants.…

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