Pollen, Nasturtiums and Tea at Juan Cabrillo

Today’s class with the transitional-kindergarteners was so much fun. Mrs. S helped me teach her class about bees and their role in the garden. We talked about how bees go to flowers to look for nectar to bring back to the hive to make honey for their families. One bee collects enough nectar to make a mere 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey. Did you know it takes 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey? Can you imagine being a bee and working that hard?

When bees are finding nectar on the inside of the flower, they rub against pollen, a yellow dust that helps seeds to grow. The bees then end up taking it to another flower. I showed the TKers a star lily and where the pollen comes from and where its supposed to go (it’s produced on the anther and must be transferred to the stigma). Afterwards, we went on a scavenger hunt in the garden to find pollen inside of the flowers growing there. Some students even found pea pods that had dried out; we explained that these were seeds!

With the last class, we made mint-chamomile “tea” to taste!

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.