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

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.