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Valley View Elementary School

The garden at Valley View Elementary School was revamped in Spring 2014. There is an arbor, outdoor kitchen, and picnic tables.

Hommage to St Patrick

Hommage to St Patrick

As the season changes a lesson on crop rotation was perfect for the students at Valley View Elementary. Carrots were harvested and eaten with cabbage and a little garlic sauce (greek yogurt, fresh garlic, salt/pepper). The spring flowers are already blooming and bringing in some pollinators. – Ranger Dan

Garden Maintenance; work smarter not harder

Garden Maintenance; work smarter not harder

At Valley View Elementary students helped in the garden my removing weeds to get ready for mulching. A lesson on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) taught them that many techniques are executed to keep the garden healthy without using chemicals. Carrots were enjoyed by all and a little planting for next season took place. – Ranger…

The Colors of Health

The Colors of Health

Making sure the cornucopia of vitamins and minerals are incorporated into your diet can be tricky. At Valley View Elementary students learn that a colorful plate is a good way to make sure their nutritional needs are being met. Jicama and blueberries make a great snack and way to get in some white and blue/violet…

Whole Foods v Processed Foods

Whole Foods v Processed Foods

At Valley View Elementary the students learn the various types of processed foods; some are just packaged whole foods for convenience and others are very far removed from garden inhabitants. A taste test of different levels of tomato preparation from whole to sundried to processed. The garden has some unwanted guests but at least they…

Compost Keeps the Garden Happy; The Students Prefer Lettuce Wraps

Compost Keeps the Garden Happy; The Students Prefer Lettuce Wraps

Valley View Elementary snacked on some carrots, turnips, and lettuce from the garden with some hummus to tie it all together. One of the carrots fell victim to an unwanted guest but the compost pile was happy to reclaim it for future garden residents. Students learned that little goes to waste in the garden thanks…

A lesson on seeds and a beautiful treat.

A lesson on seeds and a beautiful treat.

At Valley View Elementary the students learned about seeds; how they develop into plants, what conditions break their dormancy, and how they are spread. Examining peas from the garden shows a defined radicle ( baby root) and split cotyledon (seed nutrition and first leaves). Purple carrots are growing beautifully and the students sampled the sweet…

Valley View Elementary Learns About Soil and Makes a Healthy Dip

Valley View Elementary Learns About Soil and Makes a Healthy Dip

  At Valley View Elementary the students learned the composition and properties of soil. Everyone participated, adding a pinch and dash to create a snack companion. Parsley and Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Salt/Pepper, Greek Yogurt, Rice Vinegar; a healthy play on ranch that the kids enjoyed with lettuce from their garden. Some students took time…

Valley View Learns the Value of Eating the Rainbow

Valley View Learns the Value of Eating the Rainbow

At Valley View Elementary the students learned that a colorful plate is a healthy plate. A review of each color that grows in the garden, some time to draw favorites of each, then a colorful snack of blueberries, yellow peppers, and fresh lettuce from the garden made for a great indoor lesson. – Ranger Dan

Valley View Munches the Blues Away

Valley View Munches the Blues Away

Even though the garden was too muddy and wet to visit, we brought plenty of delicious snacks into the classroom to keep the students at Valley View Elementary connected to their beautiful greenspace.  All the classes ate seconds and thirds of delicious kale, arugula and radish “tacos” and were happy to do so.  The first…

Valley View Elementary Learns the Value of a Colorful Plate

Valley View Elementary Learns the Value of a Colorful Plate

The colors we see in fruits and veggies can be indicators of the nutrients and vitamins contained in them, creating pigments that cause the different colors. Lettuce and radishes from the garden made for a nice snack. Carrots are coming up nicely and will add great color to the plate in a few months. –…

Valley View Elementary Has a Lesson on Compost and Views Their Bin

Valley View Elementary Has a Lesson on Compost and Views Their Bin

Valle View Elementary has a compost lesson to help understand that nothing goes to waste in the garden. The students learn the correct ratio of brown to green and practices replicating it by making a trail mix. Pretzels, sesame sticks, almonds, papitas, and dried green beans make a delicious compost mix. – Ranger Dan

Valley View Elementary Learns how Seeds Grow and Spread

Valley View Elementary Learns how Seeds Grow and Spread

At Valley View Elementary the students learned about seeds; what makes them leave dormancy and what helps them spread. A snack made of peanut butter, rolled oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and honey lets them reap the benefit of the nutrients packed in seeds. A walk through the garden showed them developing plants at different…

Valley View Elementary Gets the Feel for Properties of Soil

Valley View Elementary Gets the Feel for Properties of Soil

At Valley View Elementary students learned about soil and how the right combination helps give plants what they need. The students felt an example of the wrong combination to illustrate the idea. They also learned about percentages and proportions as a simple guac was made using 4 ingredients to represent the parts of soil. –…

Plant Part Simon Says at Valley View Elementary

Plant Part Simon Says at Valley View Elementary

A rainy day took class indoors last week at Valley View Elementary. But not to worry, the students learned all about the plant parts and their functions through a themed game of Simon Says. And of course their was time to taste some of the parts as we dipped celery root slices into fresh onion…

Valley View Learns about Compost and Garden Care

Valley View Learns about Compost and Garden Care

Students at Valley View Elementary learned about compost this week. Taking out summer crops and unwanted grass as ingredients for decomposers to help create compost and make space for the new. Lettuce is sprouting nicely. Then some students even gave me a tour and we discovered compost taking place in nature. – Ranger Dan

Seed Saving At Valley View

Seed Saving At Valley View

Last week at Valley View Elementary I had a lot of fun subbing.  The garden was thriving, especially the flower and herb bed.  The kids had a lesson on seeds.  We read “A Seed Is Sleepy” and discussed the wild and exciting life of a seed.  Lots of kids expressed their desire to actually be…

Valley view – plus compost

Valley view – plus compost

Hello garden friends, First impressions of valley view drew me to the lovely herbs and friendly plant manager, Milton. Today I amended the beds with compost so we can plant some pumpkin starts in the next week.

The Magic of Valley View

The Magic of Valley View

Valley View…what a magical place. We began fossilizing our flowers last week, and this week we are having Potato Fest! Stay tuned! In the meantime, Here are some fun pictures of our fossil day- the kids learned the importance of fossils, and getting messy being a productive experience!  

Even plants have Best Friends!

Even plants have Best Friends!

There are many flowers to smell at Valley View! We have been learning about the importance of companion planting, and making sure our plants get nestled by their best friends. We planted seeds and finished clearing out beds, and enjoyed a snack with tzatziki dip-our new favorite dip! We will be planting new best friends…

Perfect Weather at Valley View

Perfect Weather at Valley View

Every year I forget how amazing spring is until it arrives! The students made their own greenhouses in bags and learned a bit about UV rays, greenhouse gases, and global warming. We like to get them started young! We planted flowers for our pollinator friends. We ate foods commonly grown in greenhouses-outside of sunny socal…

Valley View Makes Nature Boards

Valley View Makes Nature Boards

At Valley View Elementary Friday, we went on a nature walk and identified different plants growing around campus. We collected samples and created nature boards to show our friends and family what is growing at Valley View. We even made maps of our school and garden, so others would know what we are all excited…

Valley View Brussells

Valley View Brussells

At Valley View Elementary, we have 1 goal in mind: the students will become expert gardeners before they culminate to the 6th grade. That being said, we have spent half our class time these past few weeks doing garden maintenance. The students have learned to prune every plant in the garden, how and where to…

Garden Food chain…friend or foe?

Garden Food chain…friend or foe?

At Valley View, we learned about producers and consumers on the garden food chain. The following week, we talked about friends and foes and were able to place them in our food chain. Most of the bugs in our garden are secondary consumers we discovered, and they are garden friends-which is why our garden does…

Complete Soils Only!

Complete Soils Only!

At Valley View on October 2, we learned about the 4 parts of soil: sand, silt, clay, and compost. After our lesson, we played a game to help all the kids remember the 4 parts of soil. We also discussed to importance of healthy soil.

Browns then greens then browns!!

At Valley View Elementary, the students are loving the new compost heap! Parent volunteers came out last week to dig out an entire bed and convert it into a visible compost pile for the students. We dug a little deeper today, and the kids layered their new compost with dried leaves, old grasses, and plants…

All the uses for Leaves

All the uses for Leaves

At Valley View Elementary, we discovered many things about leaves. The students did leaf tracings and discussed the different parts of a leaf and the importance of leaves and photosynthesis.We also dug out an entire garden bed and built a new compost in the garden, and the students were able to layer their leaves in…

Summer Garden Workshop

Today, the Enrich LA team along with parent volunteers and kids from Valley View Elementary came out to help prepare the garden for the start of school! We had an awesome team of over 20 people that helped with weeding, applying our awesome AMAL organic fertilizer, planting new seedlings, trimming plants and watering.

The prettiest sight at Valley View Elementary is the sunlit garden

The prettiest sight at Valley View Elementary is the sunlit garden

Today at Valley View Elementary, we pruned away dead leaves, placed bark in empty areas of the garden beds, and gave the entire garden a good ol’ hose down. From sunflowers and poppies to beets and tomatoes, all of the plants are looking healthy at Valley View. ~Shaylyn, Intern

ABCs in the Garden

ABCs in the Garden

Valley View classes practiced their plant identifying skills as well as their sentence conjugation by receiving a letter and drawing a picture of things found in the garden that begin with that letter. Students were so creative!! One student drew an “over-powered olympic onion”!! We also pruned the herbs and made bouquets for our classrooms.

Valley View Elementary Plants Summer Beans

Valley View Elementary Plants Summer Beans

Our first order of business was to talk about our tree that had its bark scratched… we love trees; feel better tree!   Today we are planting beans…We decided on pretty purple and yellow shrub beans, soaking them briefly first.   We then grab our trowels, and dig some rows to drop them in. We…

Valley View Cooks A Stir Fry

Valley View Cooks A Stir Fry

So much beautiful veggies growing here; time for a stir fry! We go into the garden, each student decides on what they will contribute. We wash and prep our food, and turn on the pan. We start with a base of sesame oil, onions and carrots. Our ingredients, mustard greens, swiss chard, kale, snow peas,…

Valley View Elementary Can Compost

Valley View Elementary Can Compost

So on this rainy day we decided to learn about compost, and why it is important. Compost is like vitamins for the soil, and our veggies need their vitamins, just like we do!     We got a break and headed out to look into our “garden recycle program” AKA Compost! We take time to…

Planning a winter garden at Valley View Elementary

Planning a winter garden at Valley View Elementary

Our new group of students are on the scene here at Valley View; they are ready to contribute to the Winter Garden! Our plan is to plant the seed we like, take it to our school room window sill, and bring it back to transplant into the garden in 2 weeks. We check out our…

Valley View Elementary Garden Skills

Valley View Elementary Garden Skills

      It is time to let our squash go, and put in some beautiful mustard greens… Every grade here participates, even our kindergarten.       Here are seedlings  just waiting to take over, aren’t they beautiful?   This bed was converted to a winter garden just 5 weeks ago, when we pulled…

Harvest at Valley View Elementary

Harvest at Valley View Elementary

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we held a Harvest Party in our garden. Each class went into the garden and found some vegetables to harvest. We picked kale, carrots, beans, squash , and an assortment from the herb section. Each classroom came up with something different. We then made pesto, everything tastes great with pesto…

Recent harvests at Valley View Elementary

Recent harvests at Valley View Elementary

Garden Classes at Valley View Elementary are with new Garden Ranger Jennifer Anderson. A few weeks ago, students harvested watermelons and got to taste them. They also learned about an ornament turn meat seasoning in the garden: sage! Sage smells great and keeps the bugs out of your house. After drying, sage can also be…

Melon Taste Test at Valley View Elementary

Melon Taste Test at Valley View Elementary

To warm things up at Valley View Elementary School, new team member Garden Ranger Michelle introduced a Melon Taste Test at lunch. As students entered the lunch area, they found Michelle passing out a cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew. “Can you tell the difference?” we ask. A delightful treat in Valley View’s cafeteria and as always, students ask for,…