Seeds in Nature at Juan Cabrillo

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.

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!).


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.