Cheremoya Elementary Having Tons of Fun Before Thanksgiving

Cheremoya Elementary Having Tons of Fun Before Thanksgiving

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Imaginations Turning

Ah, the wonderful Friday before vacation. This week at Cheremoya was very fun with buzzing energy in the anticipation of Thanksgiving break.  Ranger Elysa brought plates and crayons so that students could practice drawing some protein, vegetables, fruits, grains and [of course] dessert! Students were asked to think about how the foods they drew came from the garden. For instance, those famous Thanksgiving sweet potatoes actually grow underground, while peas grow on a vine, and the apples in pie grow on trees! While the students were creating and thinking, Volunteer Claire cooked up an amazing snack of Swiss Chard from the garden, onions, garlic, and olive oil. If you’ve ever had trouble getting a kid to eat greens, just call Miss Claire over, because the kids LOVED it (Many even came up for seconds!)

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How does our meal get to our table?

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The finished product!

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The delicious and colorful Chard snack being made.


Friends and Foes at Glassell Park

Friends and Foes at Glassell Park

We talked all about bugs with Glassell Park Elementary students! We learned that some bugs are friends and others are foes in the garden. Students creatively drew pictures of different bugs, presented them to the group, and we discussed which ones were friends and which were not. We’ve got some really talented artists at GlassellContinue Reading

Bat Songs and Thanksgiving Turkeys at United Children’s Learning Academy

Bat Songs and Thanksgiving Turkeys at United Children’s Learning Academy

We began our garden class at United Children’s Learning Academy learning about bats and their role in the garden. Many students already knew that bats sleep during the day, stay up all night, and sleep upside down. We also learned that bats are pollinators and pollinate such plants as the cocoa plant. Then we sang an education bat song and didContinue Reading

Drawing Leaf Skeletons at United Children’s Learning Academy

Drawing Leaf Skeletons at United Children’s Learning Academy

The kindergarteners and 1st graders at United Children’s Learning Academy  explored leaves through their senses. We looked at their unique shapes, felt their textures (eggplant has fuzzy leaves and squash plants have more prickly or rough leaves), and tasted and smelled the edibles such as mint and basil. Next, we put on our binoculars and did a garden huntContinue Reading

Getting Our Hands Dirty at Lexington

Getting Our Hands Dirty at Lexington

Lexington students learned how to make seed balls! We discussed different components of soil, mixed them together, sprinkled in some seeds, and crafted seed balls to plant in the garden. Our seed ball ingredients included clay, water, potting soil, and flower seeds. We had fun getting our hands dirty!     We’re currently letting our seed ballsContinue Reading

Wilshire Park planting

Wilshire Park planting

Kindergarteners plant cool weather crops!  Here are students getting the soil prepared for peas, flowers, and beets.  Everyone learned how to poke a hole in the soil to bury their seed. In the main garden, we are growing radishes and spinach from seeds that were started in the classroom.  Because these seedlings are so little andContinue Reading

Foster’s Scavenger Hunt for Parts

Foster’s Scavenger Hunt for Parts

    Garden class at Foster this week was packed full with fun stuff! We learned that plants, just like humans, have many different parts to them that function in different ways. Every different part has its own specific and special role and is very important for the overall health of the plant. We thenContinue Reading

Vermicomposting at Weemes Elementary

Vermicomposting at Weemes Elementary

Yesterday at Weemes, Garden Ranger Traci, Garden Intern Sam, and their composting comrade Tim, introduced students to vermicomposting! First, students drilled holes in the worm bin to provide air and drainage for the worms’ new home. Next, they tore pieces of newspaper and dipped them into water to give the worms comfy and moist bedding.Continue Reading

Systems thinking at Hollenbeck

Systems thinking at Hollenbeck

The past few weeks at Hollenbeck, we tried a variety of different exercises which was essentially the start of our approach to systems thinking. For those unfamiliar, systems thinking can be understood as the process of understanding the relationship between interacting components. For a middle school level, this is conceptually very challenging, but it wasContinue Reading

Learning about the soil at TAS

Learning about the soil at TAS

For the past two weeks at The Accelerated School, we have dedicated our time in learning about the soil. Students learned that soil is actually made up of 97% old rock, leaving only 3% organic matter. This comforted them a little bit during our activity, where they went to a different part of the gardenContinue Reading

Guest Speaker at ALC

Guest Speaker at ALC

This week at ALC, we were very lucky to have a guest speaker and a friend of mine, Kellee Matsushita, come talk to the students about her experiences farming in Northern California. She gave an informative presentation about what farming meant to her, and the students were clearly interested as many questions were asked. KelleeContinue Reading

Luther Burbank’s Students Planting Many Things!

Luther Burbank’s Students Planting Many Things!

This week at Luther Burbank Middle School, Ms. Fernandez’s 7th period Horticulture class got the chance to plant winter vegetables. We planted Lettuces, Spinach, Bok Choi, Carrots, California Poppies, and much more. After the hard work we enjoyed an Apple Taste Test where we tried 4 varieties of apples side by side: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious,Continue Reading