Being Resourceful at Juan Cabrillo

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle … Respond. That’s what some of the kids are learning right now in their first and second grade science classes. Related to this topic of sustainability and preservation, I brought a fun craft to my students at Juan Cabrillo today. With newspaper, tape, soil and seeds, we created decompostable pots. The students chose which seeds to plant in their containers and will, in a few weeks, plant the entire pot into the ground once their seedling is big enough. This method of planting reduces waste by not using plastic planters, reuses newspaper that would otherwise be thrown away, recycles the newspaper in a different manner and RESPONDS to the call to do something!

Afterwards, we had time to look at the worm bin and see how our worm friends are doing …

Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.