Seeds in Nature at Juan Cabrillo

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Today’s class was dubbed “The Seed Laboratory.” Everything we talked about was related to SEEDS.

After drawing the three parts to a seed (coat, food and embryo) and remembering how a seed grows, we talked about how plants produce more seeds so they can grow again. The kids instantly knew that seeds develop in a flower (example: sunflowers) but it took them a minute to realize fruit was the other source of seed development. I held up a watermelon from their garden, split in two, to show them an example. “I knew that!” one kid declared, beaming. I was glad to see dots connecting in the kids’ minds. 🙂

I brought some sprouted red beans and let the kids find all three parts: the red outer coat, the white fleshy food inside and the tiny embryo where the leaves would grow.
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Then we went on a scavenger hunt in the garden to find seeds. Several lettuce plants were bolting so this was a great opportunity to show them how lettuce (a vegetable) makes seeds. We also watched some bees pollinating the flowers (which helps the flower make seeds!).

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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.