Field reports from

Eagle Rock High School

This garden was built in Fall 2015. It has twelve raised beds and a series of picnic tables, in addition to an area of in-ground gardening.

Seed saving, yarrow, and zinnias at ERHS

By Matt Heidrich / October 11, 2017

Today we had a lesson on seed saving, which is a great way to save seeds from heirloom and native varieties of many fruits and vegetables. We saved a lot of red okra seeds that we will plant next year! In the long run, seed saving is a great way to cut down on costs associated with upkeeping…

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First day of gardening at ERHS!

By Matt Heidrich / September 12, 2017

Last week we had our first day of garden lessons at ERHS. We learned about seeds, and the lesson was to save seeds from the garden and plant them. Beautiful zinnias and tomatoes!

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Fry up – garden potatoes, carrots, squash, garlic, and basil.

By Matt Heidrich / June 8, 2017

Today was the last day of gardenimg for the year! We harvested potatoes, carrots, basil, garlic, and squash and fried it all up. Delicious! The students took a lot of food home today to cook. Fantastic end to a fantastic year.

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Eagle Rock High School

By enrichla / June 2, 2017
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Garden stir fry

By Matt Heidrich / June 1, 2017

Today we harvested zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, chard, garlic, carrots, and even apples. We fried it all up with olive oil and salt. The students loved it. One of the best things about gardening is tasting the food!

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Okra, squash, beans, mulch

By Matt Heidrich / May 24, 2017

Today we laid mulch in the garden. Okra, beans, and squash are all fruiting. We snacked on garden lettuce. The sunflowers are now 7 feet tall. We also have golden amaranth growing. Amaranth has edible leaves and seeds.

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Beet mania and bed amendments

By Matt Heidrich / May 18, 2017

Today we noticed that the raised beds are draining water very slowly. So we amended the beds with a mx of compost and sand. This will allow the water to drain from the soil and plant roots to grow deeply. We planted lots of flowers and tomatoes. We harvested and ate beets-root, stem, leaves and…

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Borage, chard, and succuluents

By Matt Heidrich / May 12, 2017

Today was a great day at Eagle Rock High School.  We made succulent cuttings as Mother’s Day gifts for the students to take home.  We observed the beautiful, edible flower known as borage.  The bees love to eat the nectar from the flowers.  For a snack we had fried garlic and chard stems, fresh from…

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Cloudy with a chance of chard

By Matt Heidrich / May 11, 2017

Today we learned about natural insect and weed management. We planted tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, and flowers. We snacked on sauteed garlic and swiss chard, fresh from the garden. What a beautiful, cloud day!

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Making salad dressing for our garden salads

By Matt Heidrich / May 9, 2017

Today we learned to make salad dressing(even though our garden greens are delecious in their own!) We used garden garlic, oil, vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard. We did a lot more work in the garden laying compost and spreading wood chips. The three sisters bed is booming!

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Interplanting, apples, and slime mold | Eagle Rock

By Matt Heidrich / April 19, 2017

Today at ERHS we planted squash and amended the beds with fresh compost. We snacked on fried garlic, carrots, cabbage, and swiss chard. Our interplanted beds of garlic and lettuce are doing well, and the 3 sisters are taking off! We have ripening apples on the trees. We also saw the infamous dog vomit slime…

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Sheet mulching, lettuce, and garlic

By Matt Heidrich / April 6, 2017

Today we learned about sheet mulching. It is much easier to smother the weeds than to try to dig them all up. The winter plants are still growing and the 3 sisters are popping up. We snacked on fresh lettuce and did work on the succulent garden.

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Green mulch, carrots, and 3 sisters

By Matt Heidrich / March 30, 2017

Today we chopped up some old, flowering mustard plants as green mulch and then added new soil on top. In a few weeks we will plant here. We had carrots, lettuce, and garlic as a snack. It was super cool to see the 3 sisters all popping up out of the soil.

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Stir fry and Spring Planting at Eagle Rock

By Matt Heidrich / March 24, 2017

Today the lesson was on summer planting and spring harvest. We learned about the best way to plant tomatoes and peppers. We harvested purple mustard, chard, and garlic, and fried them up with olive oil! We also painted new signs to go with our summer plantings.

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3 sisters, sauerkraut, carrots and lettuce

By Matt Heidrich / March 15, 2017

Today we learned about and planted the 3 sisters guild. Corn, squash, and beans all grow well together and are an ancient American combination. We also made sauerkraut using cabbage from the garden. For snacks we had fresh picked carrots and lettuce. One of the swiss chard plants bolted over the last week, tripling in…

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Potatoes and squash

By Matt Heidrich / March 8, 2017

Today we planted a lot of squash! We sowed directly into the raised beds and the row beds. We also planted some into packs for the glass house. We found a rogue potato growing in the strawberry patch, so we transferred it to some row beds where it will hopefully grow. We are starting some…

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Spring planting and harvest

By Matt Heidrich / March 1, 2017

Today we got a lot of harvesting done! Cilantro, chard, kale, cabbage, and carrots all went home with students today. We also planted milkweed, amaranth, sunflower seeds, and basil! Looking forward to getting spring plants in the ground soon.

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Carrot harvest!

By Matt Heidrich / February 14, 2017

Today we continued working on our business plans. We also harvested some delicious carrots and other winter veggies. Thanks to a heat wave, this bok choi has gone to seed. It doesnt taste good but makes for a good lesson!

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Business plans and bok choi

By Matt Heidrich / February 3, 2017

Today we did more work on our business ideas, then we went to the garden to plant and harvest. We harvested cilantro, radishes, broccoli, and carrots which the students took home. We planted bok choi.

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Mulching & business planning at Eagle Rock

By Matt Heidrich / January 27, 2017

Today we discussed plant-based business planning. We talked about marketing, budgeting, and profit estimation. Then we headed outside to mulch the in-ground beds. This mulch will inhibit weeds, retain moisture, and make for cleaner garden access.  

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Rows, raised beds, compost

By Matt Heidrich / January 18, 2017

Today we weeded the in ground plots. They got overgrown during the rain when we couldnt access them because of standing water. We also turned the compost pile and planted seedlings in the raised beds.

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Booming growth!

By Matt Heidrich / January 11, 2017

Today we observed the growth that happened over winter break. We also discussed the importance of mulching and what will grow in our climate during the winter. Swiss chard comes in many colors like red and green. Several varieties of mustard growing together. Row bed.

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Harvest day at Eagle Rock High

By Matt Heidrich / December 16, 2016

Today was harvest day for the gorticulture class. Here is a great looking bunch of radishes. Bok choi, radishes, cabbage, cilantro and chard. These are headed for the salad bowl!

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Rows and raised beds

By Matt Heidrich / December 9, 2016

At Eagle Rock High we have both rows and raised beds. These endive seedlings found their new home in this raised beds. Raised beds are easier to plant and maintain because you can sit on the edge. Row beds are cheap and easy to install but can be harder to maintain. This kale is doing…

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Raised and in ground beds

By Matt Heidrich / November 30, 2016

Here at Eagle Rock High we have both raised beds and in ground beds. We are always cycling plants through the beds so we can see and compare different stages of growth. Here is an in ground bed in the forefront, in the back is a brand new in ground bed that we just installed.…

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Seed saving and irrigation installation

By Matt Heidrich / November 16, 2016

Today we located plants in the garden that have gone to seed and harvested seeds for next year. This lettuce plant is going to seed. We began installing irrigation lines today. Soon these row beds will have automated irrigation. These row beds are doing well.

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Winter seedlings at Eagle Rock High

By Matt Heidrich / November 9, 2016

We have a great seed starting area here at Eagle Rock High. All of the classes have started seeds in these planters. Many of these seedlings are ready to plant in the rows and raised beds. Some need another week or two. These leafy greens are doing great, cant wait for cool weather! These were…

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pH lessons in the garden

By Matt Heidrich / November 2, 2016

Today we learned about pH, or acids and bases, in the garden. The purple colors of purple cabbage reflect chages in pH. When an acid, like vinegar, is introduced the liquid turns red. A base, like baking soda turns the liquid blue. pH is an important factor in the garden. Flowers are looking great in…

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Summer and winter at Eagle Rock High

By Matt Heidrich / October 26, 2016

Today we planted seeds and seedlings for our fall garden as we transition from summer. Summer plants are still going strong though! This butternut is taking it easy! Swiss chard enjoying the recent rain. Bold harvest of summer veggies even at Halloween. Ranger Matt

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Planting for the fall at Eagle Rock High

By Matt Heidrich / October 20, 2016

Today we planted garlic, cabbage, kale, and broccoli starts in raised beds. These plants need cool weather to grow. Here is some garlic that we saved from last year and are planting today. This red leaf lettuce was planted last month. This red romaine volunteered from seed. Ranger Matt

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Changing seasons in the garden

By Matt Heidrich / October 6, 2016

This bok choi has gone to seed but we left it in the garden so students can learn the plant life cycle. They look great with the orange marigolds. Tomatoes are still producing! Flowers bring beneficial insects to the garden. Ranger Matt

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Colorful harvest at Eagle Rock High

By Matt Heidrich / September 29, 2016

What a harvest! Beautiful peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini! Juicy tomato on the vine. A volunteer seed sprouting in some potting mix. Life is resilient! Ranger Matt

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Starting seeds for winter, reaping the rewards of summer.

By Matt Heidrich / September 21, 2016

Today we planted kale, cabbage, and broccoli in starter packs to prep for the upcoming winter season. This soil is a special blend perfect for starting seeds. We had delicious watermelon from the garden today. These are great looking squash.

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Watermelon, bok choi, and marigolds at Eagle Rock High!

By Matt Heidrich / September 16, 2016

Today we tried a watermelon that had grown all summer long. It was delicious! We also ate tomatoes and jalapenos! This is bok choi, a delicious asian vegetable. Marigolds and tomatoes growing together.

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Great first day at Eagle Rock Jr/Sr High School!

By team / September 7, 2016

Today was the first day of garden class at Eagle Rock Jr/Sr High School, and it was a fun one. We learned about composting and took a walk through the garden. Here are some of the plants growing! Spicy jalapenos growing great in the heat. This watermelon is hiding out in the walkway under the…

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Summer fruits and veggies loving the heat at Eagle Rock High School

By Matt Heidrich / September 2, 2016

Summer fruits and veggies are doing great through the heat. Here we see a row of strawberries. Tomatoes grow up the trellises and maximize their sun exposure. Zucchinis grow to a large size; we will harvest this one soon!

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Eagle Rock HS lookin good in the summer sun

By team / July 30, 2016

We got a nice harvest at Eagle Rock on Thursday and the plants are summering beautifully! The staff was happy to receive these cucumbers, zucchini, chard, and green beans. There are many other things growing well too which will be ready soon, such as these corn and tomatoes. Maybe one day, even watermelons! Looking forward…

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3 C’s: cucumber, corn, cumin

By Alexys Thomas / July 26, 2016

The abundance of cucumbers was almost too much to carry to the parent center! The corn continues to grow tall, and the cumin seeds have just sprouted. The garden here looks beautiful as usual- a pleasure to visit and work in this summer.  

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Sister planting

By Alexys Thomas / July 2, 2016

The corn and beans are growing tall and strong. The heat wave gave the tomatoes the boost they needed. The butterflies were out as well. Always a great visit!

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The corn is Coming!

By Alexys Thomas / June 30, 2016

The corn is rising steadily at Eagle Rock High! The tomatoes are coming in-the heat helped-and the peas and beans are almost ready to eat! These kids+farmer Jeff really know what they’re doing.

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Eagle Rock – Air

By Jeff Mailes / May 31, 2016

Hello Garden Friends, Last week concluded the last of a four part series with the grey group. We talked about air and climate change and how our system of producing food makes it increasingly harder for us to cultivate vegetables. I described the system in 5 steps. 1) Production – Conventional farmers use tractors which…

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Eagle Rock – Bamboo Teepee

By Jeff Mailes / May 22, 2016

Hello Garden Friends, This week at Eagle Rock we were able to erect our garden teepee made completely out of plant materials – hemp twine holding together the bamboo frame. This activity was part three of the four part series covering how a garden can provide for Maslow’s basic hierarchy of needs. It is interesting that…

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Eagle Rock – Shelter

By Jeff Mailes / May 11, 2016

Hello Garden Friends, Yesterday at Eagle Rock we continued talking about all the things plants give us besides food. Last week we talked about water, this week we talked about shelter – and sustainable forestry 😉 The lesson started out with the presentation of a luffa, a variety of squash often used to make a body…

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Eagle Rock – Signage and Seeding

By Jeff Mailes / May 4, 2016

Hello Garden Friends, This week at Eagle Rock we did some much needed signage updates. Most of the displays were dated to our winter gardens – indicating that our beds were brassicas or lettuce…ooops! Anyways, now that the garden has been filled with new tomato and jalapeno seedlings and succession seeded with squash, corn, and beans..…

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Eagle Rock – Garlic harvest

By Jeff Mailes / April 28, 2016

Hello Garden Friends, Last week at Eagle Rock, while making room for our summer plantings, we pulled out the garlic that we has planted as cloves from the grocery store last fall! The horticulture students and I had planted it near the brassica plants to hopefully stave off flying insect pests that don’t like the…

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