Clover Bombs for St. Patty’s Day at Juan Cabrillo

In lieu of Saint Patrick’s Day, the kids at Juan Cabrillo wore green shirts and golden hats and paraded happily around the school. Teachers enjoyed an Irish-themed lunch in the lounge. And during garden classes, we made seed bombs filled with clover seeds!

Our classes were a little cut short because of the festivities. But I had just enough time to explain that clover seeds are similar to the four-leafed shamrock, a traditional Saint Patty’s Day icon; and they are a fabulous cover crop, which helps reduce erosion. I encouraged the kids to find bald spots on the ground around their neighborhood where they could plop the seed bombs.

…Of course it wouldn’t be garden day without a little taste of lettuce and Swiss chard from the garden!

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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.