Field reports from

Citizens of the World Charter School

Seed Saving with Calendulas at CWC

On Monday, March 5th, students at CWC had the chance to do some seed saving with calendula flowers! After saving the seeds, we saved a few, and also sprinkled some of the seeds around the garden. We talked about how summer is near, and it is time to plant warm season veggies! Students had the…

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Flowering Plant Life Cycle at CWC

For the last week of February, students learned the cycle of a flowering plant. From seed to flower to fruit and to seed again, with details in-between. To get a good visual of this cycle, all the students had the chance to open up a dried up marigold, they discovered the seeds inside and were…

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Cool and Warm Season Veggies at CWC

During the first week of February, students at CWC learned which veggies like to grow in the cool season and which veggies like to grow in the warm season. We worked together to make a list on a whiteboard. We followed the lesson by planting a bunch of cool season seeds in the garden, and…

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New rotation on a rainy day!

The new year and Spring rotation started on January 8th, 2018. Unfortunately, for the first day, the students at Citizens of the World Charter didn’t get the chance to be in the garden, since it was raining pretty hard. We kept the first day of class indoors, and warm! I did a quick intro with…

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Flowers Blooming at CWC

Went to check and maintain the garden on December 11th, and found these beautiful  Gerbera’s Blooming! -Ranger Cindy

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Keeping up the garden at CWC

The garden is looking great on December 5th! The garden will be full of cool season veggies once the spring classes start! Lavender was cut back in the early Fall, and now it’s on its way to growing back! -Ranger Cindy  

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Last class of the year at CWC!

Our after-school garden class has come to an end for the rest of the year, on November 13th.  As always, I’ll be here maintaining the garden until our next rotation starts in the New Year. For the last day I had different activities for the kids. We got to do more seed saving, a scavenger…

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CWC seed saves and plants seeds!

In the last week of October and first week of November, CWC students did many different activities. We learned a bit about seed saving, by harvesting basil seeds from our basil flowers, and then students got to draw all kinds of flowers they found in the garden. We ended with a snack of tomatoes from…

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Hot day at CWC

October 23rd and it was still feeling like summer with this 100 degree weather! This is unusual for October, so we took our class indoors for that day. First, we did a simple seed anatomy with Lima Beans, and then we sat down to look at different kinds of seeds. After looking, all students got…

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Flowers blooming at CWC

In the first two weeks of October the little ones of CWC have been learning about the life cycle, planting tons of seeds every week, and even making veggie bouquets from the garden! Our blooming flowers! Planting cool season seeds! Beautiful little bouquets! -Ranger Cindy  

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Planting seeds at CWC

With the seasons changing, this week we started planting all type of cool-season vegetable seeds all over the garden. Students got to plant cilantro, beets, carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach and much more. We planted about 10 different seeds, and all students got to plant one of each of which they really enjoyed doing! Now we…

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CWC is back for another year!

September 11, 2017 Another year of garden classes at CWC starts for the new school year! I was greeted by many Kindergarten and new students for our after-school garden class. We began by talking about the rules we should follow in class, like”respect all living things” and using “2 finger touch” while in the garden….

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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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Flower parts and planting flowers at CWC

May 22, 2017 Monday was all about flowers! First, I read a book called “A Reason for Flower” in which students realized, “oh the reason for a flower is to make SEEDS!” After the book, we learned about the anatomy of a flower, but only two parts, the female and the male part of the…

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Compost making at CWC!

May 15, 2017 Today I was prepping for our upcoming garden workday on Saturday the 20th. Harvested a few things, and cleared a few sections of  the beds in preparation of compost on the workday. Coming Monday, students will plant seedlings and seeds in the newly compost amended beds. So today was all about compost,…

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We had a busy Saturday!

Last Saturday, EnrichLA organized workdays at THREE different school sites! We had a great group from Gay4Good helping us clean up the garden at Delevan Drive Elementary. Gay4Good recently reached a milestone in terms of their great community service throughout Los Angeles and it was an honor to partner with them once again for Harvey…

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Prepping the garden for more warm season veggies

On the 8th, it was all about getting the garden ready  for more summer veggies. I cleared some of our cool season veggies before the class came to have it ready for the students. For the days activity we started off with reviewing a bit from the lesson before, specifically warm season veggies, since it…

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Planting seasons at CWC

For today’s after school garden class we talked about how in L.A., we have two planting seasons, “cool” and “warm”. We are lucky to have this Mediterranean climate because we can grow food all year long! To learn more about which veggies like to grow in cool weather or warm weather, we played a card…

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First day of Rotation at CWC

On Monday April 24th, a new rotation of students started for the after school garden class! I introduced myself, and we talked about the garden rules we should follow in the garden. For that day, we did an exploration of smelling, looking, touching and tasting in the garden! We also came of the surprise that…

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Maintenance at CWC

On Monday April 3rd, I was back to CWC for some maintenance. The kids may not have garden classes for the rest of the Spring, but I have to make sure the garden gets some love! Weeds were pulled out, kale pruned and harvested, celery and broccoli harvested, and the poppies were beautifully blooming!

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Companion planting on the last day of class!

March 20th marked the last after school garden class for the Spring at CWC. When I arrived to the garden, I came to a wonderful surprise of about 40 poppies blooming, when last week there was only ONE out! Before we did a day of harvesting, we did a lesson on companion planting, focusing on…

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Harvest and weeding day!

Our second to last class on Monday March 13th, and the kids and I have realized we are close to an end for our garden classes. Monday was all about weeds and exploring what things were growing in the garden. I did a quick talk about weeds, and how some can actually be native to…

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Flower Parts

Since we learned a little bit of seed anatomy the Monday before, we learned a bit about flower anatomy on March 6th, 2017. We only went over two parts of the flower, the pistil which is the female part and stamen the male part of the flower. Which one receives the pollen and which one…

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Seeds, seeds, and seeds!

Back at CWC after two weeks on February 27th (no class on the 20th due to Presidents Day). We learned a bit about seeds today. To start the class, I read the book from “Seed to Plant” by Gail Gibbons. Towards the end of the book, it talks about a couple of parts of a…

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What parts of a plant do we eat?

On Monday February 13th, 2017 we learned about parts of the plant, which parts we typically eat from a plant, and which parts we don’t. For example, a tomato, we enjoy the fruit, but don’t eat the leaves because they could make our tummies hurt. I had a print out of different fruits and veggies…

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The food chain!

Another Rainy day on February 6th, 2017, so we took the class indoors. The food chain was the subject of the day. We talked about what a Producer, Primary Consumer, Secondary Consumer and Tertiary Consumer meant. After discussing, and talking about different examples of the food chain, we did a small activity. I put three…

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Water Conservation

January 30th, 2017 Since we had talked about the water cycle the week before, I thought that talking about water conservation would be a great add on for this week. Before we started talking about water conservation, we did a quick review of the water cycle. The first question of the day, “do you think…

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Water Cycle

Back on January 23rd,2017 after two weeks since last Monday was MLK day. This time I was expecting a lot of growth in the garden. There was more growth, so more pruning and harvesting was done. Since it’s been raining, I prepared an indoor lesson for the kids, and of course it was about water….

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New class and abundance of growth!

January 9th, 2017 Back to after school garden classes in the new year! It’s been a month since I have been in the garden, and honestly I was expecting something to not be right at the garden, but the garden was looking gorgeous and full of GROWTH! As I waited for the new class, I…

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More herbs

Before winter break comes along, I came back on December 12th, to check on the garden and plant more things. Since there have been some pests coming to the garden, I decided to get in more herbs to help deter them. I planted herbs on the some of the beds that did not have them…

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Full of greens!

Continued to give some love to the garden on December 5th. All the leafy greens are nice and big at the garden, thanks to rain and cool weather. I harvested lots of greens and brought them to the office so they can enjoy some fresh organic veggies! -Ranger Cindy  

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A little love

Back at the garden on November 28th! Although, we had our last class a couple of weeks ago, the garden needs some love and taking care of, especially to have it looking nice for when the next group of students come in January! There is some lovely growth coming along as the veggies are loving…

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Harvest day for our last class!

Our 9 weeks of the after school garden class at CWC has come to an end on November 14th. Before having our harvest party, we reviewed what we had learned in the past 9 weeks. We all stayed in a group, as we went to harvest different veggies. I showed them how to gently harvest…

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Flowers,Flowers, and Flowers!

Monday November 7th. Bees and Pollination was our lesson last week, so why not dig a litter deeper about the subject with flowers! We did a quick review of bees and pollination, and then turned to the white board where I had a drawing of a lily. The goal was to remember two parts of…

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Bees on Halloween!

October 31st. Halloween celebration was all around when I arrived at CWC! Before the kids arrived for our after school garden class, I did some weeding. Also, planted some seeds around the garden, beets, carrots, onions and some cilantro! Here’s a little update on how the garden is looking: About half of the kids came…

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Plants grow from seeds!

Today on Monday October 24th,  we learned a little bit of seed anatomy and how nature disperses seeds. There are different kinds of seeds of which have many varieties and colors like, corn; red, blue, yellow, and purple. Many of the kids sure knew about the yellow corn! We also talked about different sizes, basil,…

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Parts of a plant!

Monday October 17th. Today’s lesson was learning edible parts of a plant! The different types of flowers, fruits, stems, leaves, and seeds that we can eat. We used a tomato plant as a visual to point out the different parts of a plant. And explained why each part of the plant is important.   Together,…

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Celery, a cool season plant!

Back after two weeks on Monday October 10th ,since the week before we had a holiday. Since the weather has been changing to a nice cool weather (even though we have had some small heat waves still coming in) I thought that talking about our warm and cool planting seasons would be a great idea. To…

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What are our Friends and Foes at the garden?

We all gathered under our big shaded tree to avoid being in the sun since it was a hot day on Monday. Friends and Foes was today’s subject. We did a quick minute review of what we learned the prior week, and then kids learned the difference between a Friend or Foe. We played a…

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Let’s talk dirt!

Monday the 19th was our second week at CWC! Before the kids arrived to the garden, I did some weeding and trimming of our rosemary, oregano and lavender. Also, some of the flowers were blooming beautifully! Found a nice ready to harvest eggplant as well.  We had a couple of new faces join us for…

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First Day at Citizens of the World Charter!

This week was the first day at Citizens of the World Charter! For this semester I have a group of students ranging from Kindergarten all the way to 4th grade!  To start off I introduced myself to the kids, and then had them say their name and favorite fruit or veggie so we can all…

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New Irrigation System at Citizens of the World Charter

Farmer Jeff and I put in a new irrigation system that’s hooked up to a timer. Now the plants can get the right amount of water when they need it! Here’re Farmer Jeff digging trenches for the new irrigation hose. And here’s a slick design for connecting the new main line to the garden bed….

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DIY Birdfeeders

What do you get when you try to make bird feeders with ten eager children? A sticky, ooey gooey mess or as the birds would say…breakfast! It helps to have a lot of extra toilet paper rolls laying around your house. I’ve been building my collection all year and it has come in handy more…

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What came first, the butterfly or the egg?

Our after school garden crew just got matching headbands! Check out our informative and colorful caterpillar to butterfly gear!   It helps to have live caterpillars to observe when talking about metamorphosis, so we brought a few in and are excited to watch this miraculous process. How does a hungry hungry caterpillar become a graceful…

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Compost Relay

We’ve sowed seeds, we’ve planted seedlings, we’ve watered the seedlings and weeded the weeds, but what we haven’t done is make our own soil. Last week at Citizens of the World Charter School, our little gardeners learned the ins and outs of composting and how this is an important method of recycling to consider. The…

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