Planning for a mural at ALC garden

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At the start of class, we spent time designing a mural to be approved by administration to paint on the wall adjacent to the garden.

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One idea we liked was to have the mural in the perspective of an insect, having a drawing of large plants so that they would be bigger than the people walking across and it would like they are tiny insects in a garden.

But we didn’t skip a day of garden work, we took down the bamboo trellis and all the tomatoes that were growing on them.

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In a school like Miguel Contreras where you have four separate high schools in one and everyone gets different curriculum and courses, Its important to have signage for anyone who is walking by to know what is happening in the garden. Even more importantly to have signage when things may look empty that it is not abandoned or being torn down. The sign above says “There are no garden mistakes, only garden experiments”

And we came up with this clever sign…

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In high schools its fun and a bit more catchy to have subtle links to pop culture, Game Of Thrones fans will recognize the small plug here 🙂

At the start of class, we spent time designing a mural to be approved by administration to paint on the wall adjacent to the garden.

20161011_135955

One idea we liked was to have the mural in the perspective of an insect, having a drawing of large plants so that they would be bigger than the people walking across and it would like they are tiny insects in a garden.

But we didn’t skip a day of garden work, we took down the bamboo trellis and all the tomatoes that were growing on them.

20161011_145701

In a school like Miguel Contreras where you have four separate high schools in one and everyone gets different curriculum and courses, Its important to have signage for anyone who is walking by to know what is happening in the garden. Even more importantly to have signage when things may look empty that it is not abandoned or being torn down. The sign above says “There are no garden mistakes, only garden experiments”

And we came up with this clever sign…

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In high schools its fun and a bit more catchy to have subtle links to pop culture, Game Of Thrones fans will recognize the small plug here 🙂

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore has been a Garden Ranger since the start of the 2014 school year. She is passionate about community development and sustainability. Michelle studied Recreation and Tourism Management at CSUN and got her start in the garden world at M.E.N.D., a poverty relief nonprofit. There she installed gardens at low income families homes and helped families along through out the garden seasons. She enjoys teaching gardening to students because it reconnects this technology generation with mother nature. Everyone loves to eat, it is a universal common ground. By showing kids where their food comes from and how we are connected to our food we ultimately our reconnecting or minds and bodies, something many of us forget to do in our fast paced environment. When she is not out working on community building Michelle enjoys camping, rock climbing, training martial arts, watching movies and playing board games.

Bruschetta at Kingsley

By Justine Tyler | April 1, 2018

Bruschetta is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. The wonderful kids and I at Kingsley Elementary made this classic dish today. Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil Recipe Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 20 minutesYield: Makes 24 small slices, serves 6-10 as an…

A plant is what?!

By Sarah Shutman | March 29, 2018

When teaching about gardening, it is impossible to engage students if they don’t know what part of a plant I am talking about! For this lesson, I covered the parts of a plant. I discussed the roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers. I brought in a dug up mallow plant (to show roots, stem, leaves),…

Beets are rad(ish)!

By Sarah Shutman | March 27, 2018

Beets are rad(ish)! This year, Valentine’s Day was full of nostalgic excitement, as I remembered my days of elementary school, full of sugary candy and a “holiday”. This was my first year teaching on Valentines Day, and I wanted to share something special with the students of 2nd  Street Elementary. I decided to do a…

That makes a plant?!

By Sarah Shutman | March 22, 2018

For this lesson, I planned to cover plant reproduction via parts of a flower. This was the first lesson that required thinking on my toes and adapting my plan (something that I am quickly learning). I drew out a picture and went over the descriptions. The pre-K and 2nd graders were  lost and distracted. They…

Love Nature

By PJ Johnson | April 12, 2018

Valentines Day at Gardener School Love Nature. We showed our love for nature at Gardener School. The students were allowed to pick the most interesting leaf in the garden from any place in the garden and they had  to write something to it like a poem or a love letter. Ms. Thaviphone class created leaf…

Gardener School – Composting

By PJ Johnson | April 11, 2018

2nd-grade class: We visited the three compost bins in the garden.  Finding Mr. Brown carbon examples and Mr. Green Nitrogen examples to put in the bins.  They gathered brown leaves from the ground and picked three things to identify which it was carbon or nitrogen.  We also looked at a compost thermometer, talking about the…

Pollination at Gardener Street Elementary School

By PJ Johnson | April 10, 2018

Talk to the class about pollination today.   The kids identified the stamen and pollen on the flowers in the garden.  They also took herbs from the garden lemon balm, mint, lavender, sage.  They also identified the pollen on some herb plants.

Van Ness Deep in the Dirt

By PJ Johnson | April 9, 2018

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…

Compost Learning at Van Ness School

By PJ Johnson | April 8, 2018

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

Van Ness School making seed bombs with the VI kids

By PJ Johnson | April 7, 2018

This was a great exercise for the kids especially Udie.  Chelsea the OT specialist at Vanes and I partner to play with our students at Vaness.  Udie also helped to crush roasted eggshells for the compost.