Special Ed is Inspired at Juan Cabrillo

It is a pleasure to see the same students this year at Juan Cabrillo Elementary. Most of the students know me and Frank by name and are especially keen of the garden space, asking during recess for chocolate mint, kale, lemon balm and spicy nasturtium flowers. One class that has been coming to visit is an all-boys special ed class, ages 7-10 years old. Not having seen them all summer, I was pleasantly surprised to see how the boys had grown taller; I barely recognized them! They’ve also developed a new-found curiosity for the garden: looking at the flowers and flying creatures, examining what’s growing, spying different shapes and colors, and watering the plants. We spent 10 minutes calmly walking around the garden space observing; then sat at the table to draw pictures together. One lad saw a tomato, another pumpkins, another spiders…. My heart was warmed to see them express themselves through their drawings!

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.