The garden at Alta Loma produced beautiful beets, chard, kale, cabbage and much much more! But…It’s that time of year to make sure the soil is healthy for our new crops. After the helpers amended the plots, we planted tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, thyme and cucumbers.
Yummy food is just around the corner!
The Luther Burbank Middle School garden is in full bloom. Early this morning, birds, butterflies, bees and a slew of insects filled the space. Months ago, when we were nervous about morning frost we ventured out and planted potatoes, garlic, onions, kale and chard. This week we enjoyed the fruits of our labor. After harvesting the edibles, we rinsed them off and threw them onto a pan.
Students were amazed that they grew every ingredient, except for the mushrooms!
The garlic bulbs needed to be dried ahead of time but we harvested a new one for the following week. Yummm!
The plants at Markham Farm seem to be enjoying the warmer weather. There are signs of new and tasty edibles in the future! Check out this young butternut squash. In some countries, young squash like the one below are considered a delicacy.
The native area is full of many vibrant colors that are sure to attract our friends the pollinators.
The students at Atwater Elementary made heart-shaped seed bombs for Mother’s Day, made from old newspaper and other scrap paper. Each student got to make a heart filled with carrot seeds for their moms. It was a fun activity and as one of the teacher’s pointed out, the hearts are symbolic of our love for our mothers and when the seeds start growing it will be a continuation of that love.
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The new learning Habitat and Farm at El Sereno Middle School is to be completed on May 18th, 2013 in celebration of Harvey Milk Day. 200 volunteers will build a mini farm, dry creek and native garden.
This schoolyard habitat will offer an opportunity for all El Sereno students to become stewards of their landscape and to engage directly with nature. Schoolyard habitats create an opportunity for on-campus curriculum-based science learning. The students will not only be part of the work day when we build this habitat, but can be part of its upkeep. Over time, we expect the habitat to become a natural extension of their classroom.
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“Our goal is to create a schoolyard habitat built on sound ecological principles for habitat restoration and on innovative educational programming.” Tomas O’Grady
The Woodlawn Elementary School garden has well over 30 species of edible plants. Some of these wonderful fruits, vegetables, and herbs are hard to recognize in their immature stage so we decided to make signs to help our garden community.
|6||red flowered buckwheat|
|35||lillians pink coral bells|
|27||ca grey rush|
|28||canyon prince wild rye|
|20||margarita bop foothill penestemon|
|24||blue eyed grass|
|4||giant chain ferm|
|250||ca meadow sedge|
|11||misc fruit trees|
Students at Wilshire Park tasted pico de gallo with a sweet little twist. This recipe is great for cold and warm weather, alike. It will be even better when the peppers and tomatoes come from the school garden!
-1 cup Pineapple
-1 Bell Pepper
-1 Persian cucumber
-1 Green Onion
-Touch of salt
Chop tomato, pineapple, mango, bell pepper, cucumber and green onion into small cubes. Squeeze lime juice over ingredients and add salt. Mix and enjoy!
*Makes 4 cups- enough to feed many little mouths!
Even on this rainy day, students at Luther Burbank Middle School got their hands dirty. This time it wasn’t because of the soil, it was from pastels, ink pads, markers and crayons. Check out the great signs they made.
Using a projector, students looked at images of the fruits, vegetables and herbs growing in the garden and tried to name them. Once they identified the produce, they created signs which we’ll laminate and use in the garden.
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One of ourvery dedicated volunteers, Hanna helped out in the Roosevelt High School garden today. It was a productive day- we tilled, amended, watered, weeded and transplanted, all in just an hour!
After the soil was prepared, Hanna transplanted eggplant seedlings. What a delicious summer it will be! Thanks Hanna!
Since students at LBMS were busy taking the CST this week, some volunteers spent time weeding and harvesting in the garden. One stellar volunteer, Sonja joins the Burbank Bears in the garden every week. We definitely needed to harvest some artichokes, so here she is finding her way to the edible part of the plant.
After two hours in the garden, we had loads of produce. Check it out!