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Kipp Empower Charter School

The garden at KIPP Empower was built in the summer of 2016. This wonderful garden consists of 6 raised beds and 3 picnic tables.

Spring planting at KIPP

Spring planting at KIPP

Students at KEA helped plant lots of exiting things for Spring -Summer crops. We talked about the weather and how the conditions affect or benefit what is growing in the garden. The KEA garden is ready for peppers, tomatoes, marygolds, and chilli peppers. Along with the rest of the crops already in the garden, these…

Harvest party

Harvest party

A very exciting afternoon for students at KIA. their first harvest class just happened! They picked carrots, radishes, lettuces, kohlrabies, mustard and lettuces flowers, flowers and herbs. The edible garden was abundant enough for students to take a few things each and bring them home. They shared when someone did not get a vegetable and…

Bees

Bees

Students  learned about  bees and how we can protect them and provide them with food.The  diet of bees consist of pollen and nectar which they will transform into honey to feed their larvae and the colony. Flowers like sunflowers, cosmos, alyssums and snapdragons bring bees to the garden.  students learned some fun facts about bees…

African American History Month

African American History Month

  Kinder garden had their first class last week. The rain did not stop the class from learning about plants. Students  identified fruits and vegetables that like cold and warm weather, what is soil and what does it mean to be a farmer. After, they had the opportunity to draw what their garden would like if…

6 parts

6 parts

More  lettuces and mustard greens for our salads.. students keep munching and planting flowers seeds to make a beautiful spring garden. They learned all six parts  of the plant and identified what vegetables are in the garden that come in forms of roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.  

Organic Vs nonorganic

Organic Vs nonorganic

Today, students learned the difference between organic and nonorganic. One of the basic rules for a product to be organic is to be grown without any pesticides and the seeds to be GMO free. Students  understood that organic produce is more expensive than nonorganic and where they can buy organic produce. They sampled mustard greens,…

Rainy Day Games at KIPP

Rainy Day Games at KIPP

An exciting talk about exotic fruits and vegetables kept students cozy and fully engaged during today’s rainy afternoon. The garden came to their classroom and transported them to  a world of plants that they have never eaten or heard before. They participated in a game where they had to describe to their team what fruit…

A bee is a friend

A bee is a friend

  students check on the garden after three weeks off. They helped  add compost around the plants that were damage due to the rain,  pulled out weeds and maintain  the garden  space clean. We  played a game, they had to act like  bees and swarm around the beds pollinating the plants and making friends with…

Harvest and plant

Harvest and plant

The garden is producing  already, but more seedlings and compost made their way in on chilly windy Autumn afternoon.  Students have planted seeds and seedlings of  the things they would like to see grow and they are finally producing.   with help of the compost added,  the rain and the cool weather, our cool season…

Green Salad at Kipp

Green Salad at Kipp

Before students left for break,  a nice salad  was made from the edible garden. The ingredients? Mustard greens,  lettuces, carrot, radishes, herbs, lemon, salt and pepper and olive oil  made the salad testy. Staff sample the salad  and were surprise and happy to see how everything came from the Kipp garden.  Students are always ready…

Healthy foods

Healthy foods

Class discussed physical activities and the foods to eat to provide energy for the body. Students shared what they do  and eat to have  lots of energy  and how they can improve their meals incorporating more fruits vegetables, grains and legumes. After  our class, we went straight to the garden to find friends and foes,…

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds

In order for seeds to grow into plants, they need soil containing nutrients, water, sunlight, the right temperature, room to grow, and time.  Our pumpkins gave us lots of seeds. Students carved them and understood the value of seeds. Some students decided to bring them home and roast them, others decided to save them for…

The garden at night

The garden at night

November 15, 2016 Students at Kipp had a lesson about cool season vegetables  and were able to identify them in the garden. As dark made it presence, Students were curious to find snails, slugs, Aphids worms, larva and caterpillars at night. They wondered if these  foes of the garden munch at night, day or always..  With night…

Label the plant..

Label the plant..

Kipp  Students Labe the garden and sample an herb of their choice.     Kipp students labeled the plants, herbs and flowers growing in our garden. with sharpies and  plastic labels, they walked around the beds and  found the plant they had label. They also identified herbs by their smell and texture. Many of them…

The Great Pumpkin..

The Great Pumpkin..

Kipp is getting ready for  candy, Pumpkins, and costumes day!  We had a pumpkin relay  race, students learned about Day Of the Dead celebration. They now know that Day Of The Dead is a celebration of life and a way to honor ancestors and friends who have departed.  on November 1st and 2nd, festivities, colors…

Kipp Elementary

Kipp Elementary

Students are learning  about cool season  vegetables,  and how  to take care of the  soil. Students at Kipp enjoy the garden and they are getting more involve by planting and watering the plants. They also  drew their dream garden and what vegetables and fruits they will be growing in their  dream garden.

Kipp- soil and seedlings

Kipp- soil and seedlings

  Students learned about nutrients that are necessary for a healthy soil…They also  learned about seedlings, they had the opportunity to do a seedling of their favorite vegetable… This week we will continue improving the soil and start with our cool season vegetables. Ranger-Zuri

Kipp Empower Charter- Plants & water

Kipp Empower Charter- Plants & water

Oct 7th 2016 It is important to understand  “what to eat and not to eat” from edible plants- fruits and vegetables. Students learned the six part of the plant with examples of fruits and vegetables we eat, but are parts of the plant- roots, stems, leaves, flowers fruit and seeds to the plant. Plants provide most…

Kipp Empower-friends and foes

Kipp Empower-friends and foes

September 30, 2016 Students at Kipp found friends and foes that keep the garden and soil busy with all kinds of visitors. They also planted coil flower seed identify herbs and plants and discussed the importance of an edible garden. Ranger Zuri

First garden class at KIPP Empower Charter.

First garden class at KIPP Empower Charter.

Friday was the first day  of garden class for students at Kipp. The after school program includes our garden class, students  were very excited curious and asked many questions about the edible garden at their school. Many wanted to sample the basil leaves that scented their noses.  

Kipp’s Vivacious Garden

Kipp’s Vivacious Garden

If you recall, Kipp is one of our new gardens, built this summer. Well, today I dropped by to see how the new plants are fairing. And to my joy, the garden is full of color and life. Check out the yarrow and tomatoes! In just another month, I reckon this garden will be bursting…

Planting at our newest garden!

Planting at our newest garden!

We planted over 100 seedlings at KIPP alongside some happy seeds. Patty, a major contributor at KIPP Empower, and Director Yelena came out with an amazing group of kids to plant. The kids were devoted, careful, and so excited to see their new garden full of plants. We planted eggplant, tomatoes, marigolds, lavender, strawberries, and…