Field reports from

El Sereno Elementary School

Completed in Summer 2015, this garden is terraced with raised beds and an outdoor sink.

El Sereno Observes the Parts of a Plant

As the students explored the garden they were able to see the parts of the plant in action. Roots, stems, leaves, flower, fruit, and seeds. Each having an important role in the success of the plants. A snack of fruits, leaf, and seed (cucumber/lime, basil, cracked pepper) put a good taste on a full day….

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El Sereno Elementary Learns About Leaves

At Wl Sereno Elementary the students learned about leaves and what makes them green. How the chlorophyll absorbs some color for photosynthesis and how green is reflected. Leaves are also a great ay to identify young plants as shape, texture, size, and veins will vary from species to species. Pomegranate seeds made a refreshingly tart…

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El Sereno Sees Decomposers in Action

At El Sereno Elementary the students learned about compost and got a first hand look at decomposers in action. They saw a pumpkin being broken down into substances that could feed the growing plants, like the swelling eggplants. A simple avocado with onion and tomato made a great dip for the pretzels. – Ranget Dan

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Seeds everywhere at El Sereno Elementary

El Sereno Elementary observed the radicle and cotyledon in multiple seeds. They learned these are present and become the plants roots and leaves, sustaining growth after the stored energy in the cotyledon is depleted. Cucumber with colored bell pepper and seasoned with lemon juice and salt was a successful snack. – Ranger Dan

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Soil was the theme at El Sereno Elementary

As the students learned and recorded the proper soil recipe, the benefits of it use were all around them. Some healthy fruits were seen developing and ripened tomatoes with beans, basil, salt and pepper was devoured. Sweet and simple. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary learns about the garden life cycle and samples some plant parts.

At El Sereno Elementary the students observed and recorded the garden life cycle. Looking back at their notes they were able to name the plant parts in the corn salsa (seeds, fruit, and leaves). – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary returns to a green Garden!

Garden classes have begun again at El Sereno Elementary and there was a lot of green in the garden to welcome students! Students were able to explore the garden and saw some flowers that indicated that fruits will soon be arriving. Though summer has ended, the garden is still busy producing and students are excited…

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El Sereno Elementary ready for summer

Adding soil to beds and mulch to others. As El Sereno Elementary gets ready for summer garden lessons were put into practice. A tasty watermelon treat sealed the school year. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno starts garden planning

With many classes under their belts, the students at El Sereno Elementary are starting to plan their own gardens. Revisiting the crop rotation lesson as well as touring the garden and thinking about spacing of plants the students prepared for creating their own edible gardens. Pulling some grass seeds and snacking on squash with basil,…

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El Sereno Elementary works the day away

A busy day at El Sereno Elementary had the students planting some summer flowers, amending their strawberry beds, and learning about good and not so good insects in the garden. The connection was made that insects that eat live healthy plants are not on our side, fortunately there are several other predatory insects that help…

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El Sereno takes a smelling tour and gets some new seats

At El Sereno Elementary the students took a smelling tour of all the herbs growing in their garden. Some nice logs made for a great new seating area and a way for the students to give back to the garden that gives to them. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary cleans the garden

The rains have been great for the gardens but can also cause some unwanted guests. Fortunately at El Sereno Elementary the students love burning some energy on pulling misplaced grass and keeping the garden tidy. A lesson on medicinal properties of herbs was followed by fresh mint lemonade sweetened with local honey; staying ontop of…

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El Sereno Elementary reclaims goods for starting seeds.

At El Sereno Elementary the students used containers that they received and discarded daily to create the perfect containers for starting seeds. One man’s trash is a seed’s new home. Teaching the students to reclaim materials and give them a second purpose helped them realize they have the tools they need to start their own…

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Seeds Everywhere at El Sereno Elementary

Seeds a plenty at El Sereno Elementary. A lesson on seed anatomy was illustrated using sunflower seeds; a nutrient packed educational tool. We talked about dormancy, how seeds spread, and different cultures’ uses of them. A walk through the garden provided living examples of the lesson. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary Learns Soil and Portions

El Sereno Elementary students in the garden this session learned the value of well balanced soil. Understanding how each ingredient in soil must be in the correct proportions for soil to sustain life for plants. A simple guacamole made a great illustration of portions and a nice garden snack. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary snacks and clears a bed.

A lesson on the life cycle in the garden transitioned into pulling up a bed of mint and making it into bouquets. Students snacked on fresh lettuce wraps with colorful tomatos, radishes, and a little hummus. Peas are blooming beautifully. – Ranger Dan

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Understanding How Plants Operate

El Sereno Elementary started a new cycle with first time garden students. As they learned the functions of the plant parts and what we eat they begin to understand the importance of things in the garden like soil and flowers. A snack of purple cauliflower was a great introduction and coincided with the addition of…

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Experienced Gardeners Grow at El Sereno Elementary

As the older students at El Sereno Elementary get ready to move on in their schooling they exhibited their accumulated garden skills by weeding and spreading some mulch to control the weeds between the beds. As this was the second round and last garden class this year for these students they were given a chance…

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El Sereno Elementary Learns the Value of a Colorful Palate

Students learned that different colored fruits and vegetables contain different nutrients. They work best when eaten together and a colorful diet will help paint a healthy existence. After naming several foods from each color category the students were able to see what colors were growing in their garden; whether it was mounding white potatoes or…

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Woodchips ahoy

Hello Garden Friends, This morning we moved the woodchips away from the parking lot in preparation for an upcoming lesson about weeds. (check out the lack of pile to right 😉 ) What is a weed and why do we call certain plants such derogatory names. After all, isn’t a weed just a plant whose…

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El Sereno Elementary Learns Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is an important method for maintaining a healthy garden and building a sustainable soil profile. Students also learned about the pest management benefits of changing crops and was introduced to several plant family names. Once a few bed rotations were done as a group some students wanted to create their own rotation schedule;…

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El Sereno Elementary Learns About the Foods We All Eat

Eating processed foods is almost unavoidable, but not all products are the same. Varying levels of processed items have different amounts of additives and should be consumed with consideration of this. Students were asked to think about the amount of steps it takes to go from living plant to product in store. A sampeling of…

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El Sereno Elementary Rainy Days and Good Eats

The kiddos were not too happy to hear they couldn’t experience the garden, but they knew the rain was soaking up the plants and providing a needed source of growth. The kinder-gardeners were excited to see I brought some fresh plants to them! We were able to try fresh sweet peas, mint, and tomatoes! There were…

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El Sereno Elementary gets a Feel for Compost and a Hearty Snack

The students at El Sereno Elementary learned about compost and how food we eat can become food for plants. A heavy harvest before break gave the students tomatoes and eggplant, seasoned with fresh basil, salt, and pepper. – Ranger Dan

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Seeds Explained, Discovered, Tasted

Seeds were the topic at El Sereno Elementary. How they get around, how they wake up, and how they grow; the students learned about seeds and were able to see several examples in their garden. A healthy snack of seeds finished the class. – Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary Learns Plant Parts and Tastes a Few Too

The Thanksgiving break was a busy time for the garden at El Sereno Elementary. Still producing lots of fruits and vegetables for the students to enjoy. A lesson on plant parts explained that we eat different parts from different plants. And even though some plants aren’t handeling the cold weather, they will make a great…

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El Sereno Elementary Gets a Taste of Summer in Fall

At El Sereno Elementary the garden doesn’t seem to feel the fall weather coming. A guacamole recipe teaches students about percentages and translates into what healthy soil contains in the proper proportions. Tomatoes and peppers from the garden continue to be delicious. Who needs chips when you have fresh greens or some carrots? – Ranger…

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El Sereno Elementary’s Garden is Always Full of Life

As El Sereno Elementary begins another class cycle, the students learn about the life cycle in the garden. Flowers keep the garden full of primary consumers and the fallen petals keep the decomposers happy. Students snacked on fresh eggplant and tomatoes, at least the ones this tomato hornworm didn’t get to first. – Ranger Dan

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Endless Eats and a Lesson on Sustainable Farming at El Sereno Elementary

At El Sereno Elementary there seems to be an endless supply of garden eats. Students learned about sustainability in the garden and continue to harvest into the cool season. – Ranger Dan

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A Rainy Day Lets El Sereno Elementary Learn About Seasonal Changes

A rainy day took class indoors, where students could get a visual of the fleshier warm season crops and root focused cool season crops. Some students were able to draw their favorites. – Ranger Dan

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Alexys visits El Sereno Elementary!

The El Sereno garden is looking better than ever! I even had neighbors compliment our program! Ranger Dan is doing an amazing job keeping up with all of the beds, an the soil is happier than ever! I thoroughly enjoyed this garden visit.

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Composting never tasted so good at El Sereno Elementary

At El Sereno Elementary students learned about compost and its proper proportions. A little garden maintenance helps accumulate materials for their compost. – Ranger Dan

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Flowers, Stems, Leaves, Fruits, Roots, and Seeds

As color hangs on at El Sereno Elementary the students learn about and get to taste some of the various plant parts that we can eat. No stems or flowers on the plate this week… – Ranger Dan

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Summer Lingers at El Sereno

The last few harvests of summer leave El Sereno Elementary with a few snacks. Don’t forget to check the bag ripened tomatoes daily!!! -Ranger Dan

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Ready for a great year in the garden!!! -Ranger Dan

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New flowers, mulch, and a compost bin at El Sereno Elementary!

Today was a fun day at El Sereno Elementary! We planted a cool flowering plant called Globe Amaranth. It loves dry, hot weather, and it attracts pollinators to the garden so we have lots of yummy fruits and veggies. The flowers can also be dried and used as decorations! There were lots of weeds coming…

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Salsa Garden!

After pruning back some huge sunflowers, the harvest was filled with perfect salsa ingredients! Jalapenos, tomatoes, onion, garlic, banana peppers;everything in abundance! Next week we will finish spreading mulch and tackling the bermuda grass. The garden is in the perfect spot for sun and shade.

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El Sereno Uses Their Noses!

Quite the exciting morning start at El Sereno this Wednesday, as a cow and calf were gracious enough to visit this morning! Butterscotch the cow and Oreo the calf were great volunteers as the children learned a bunch of cow and milking facts. They carried this excitement with them into the garden as we started…

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Watch “El Sereno Elementary school garden quick tour” on YouTube

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Watch “El Sereno Elementary school garden quick tour” on YouTube

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Watch “El Sereno Elementary school garden quick tour” on YouTube

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A Cowabunga Surprise at El Sereno Elementary

April 20th brought a wonderful surprise guest to El Sereno Elementary! A mobile farm classroom complete with cow trailer brought Buttercup the cow and Oreo the calf for a special assembly. The students learned some fun facts about cows and milk production (they have one stomach with four parts and regurgitate their food). This was…

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