Field reports from

Van Ness Elementary School

Van Ness: Friend or Foe? Beautiful but deadly to our tomatoes…

Looking for friends or foes in the garden today.  We came across hiding in the beautiful green foliage of the our tomatoes a hungry hungry caterpillar. Actually the tomato Hornworm camouflaged itself in the green foliage on the tomato leaves. Once the students found the ones the size of a thumb they searched and found…

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Van Ness: Bean-side (we got jokes) and Anatomy of a Seed

We harvested seeds [Bush beans] from our very own Van Ness garden that we allowed to go to seed. Learning about the anatomy of the seed, we talked about how a seed starts off with all that it needs in the seed itself to start out life: a seed coat, food storage and embryo or…

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Van Ness Deep in the Dirt

We cleaned up the beds and Ms. Chelsea and Udie pulled weeds together. The students in the VI part of Vaness got their hands deep in the dirt.  Pulling out weeds from the beds especially in areas where we have overgrown vegetation.  We have eaten a lot of Romain lettuce with Hummus because the kids…

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Compost Learning at Van Ness School

New group of kids learning about compost.  We took a poll as to what [a cup of worm castings] worm poop was just by looking, touching and smelling the worm castings.  The students really were interested in what they could put in the Darth Vader like compost bin

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Van Ness Pollinators

Reviewed reproductive system of a plant. Taught on root systems pulled up long grass and put down cardboard in beds.  Kids planted flowers at end of beds to act like pollinators in the garden.

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Plant Reproduction at Van Ness

We reviewed the reproduction of a plant at the start of the day. Then worked together to put the new compost bin together. The students gathered dead leaves and put in scraps of fruits and vegetable. The class really worked together with gathering the leaves using the wheel barrow we just got.

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Van Ness Students Learn About the Garden Through Touch, Smell, & Taste

Worked with the Visually Impaired students who were all so eager to learn about herbs and the parts of the plants.  They held and felt pine cones that I bought in.  I also picked from their garden basil sage which they got to smell and taste.  They also felt the roots of a onion from…

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Van Ness Reviews Plant Parts

Van Ness students pulled grass and put down cardboard in the first two beds, as they had a lot of grass.  The kids were taught about the different root systems: Tap Root and Fibrous Root.  When pulling up the grass, they were able to understand the Tap Root system.  Students also planted seeds and seedlings…

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First Class at Van Ness

what you did snack exciting.

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