Winter Salad by 1st Graders | Juan Cabrillo

Upon returning to Juan Cabrillo’s garden this week, I was OVERJOYED when seeing the abundance of veggies that were ready to harvest!! (Ideally, I expected this to happen at all my gardens but JC was the only successful one – there must be somethin’ in the soil that makes the plants grow so well!)



Slightly unprepared for this, Intern Frank and I resourcefully accrued materials together for our salad-making lesson with the First Graders: a bowl/container, plastic knives (I’m glad I kept them on hand in my car), paper towels, and “cutting boards” (paper). Then we got started…

Look at these radishes!

Check out at these radishes!

Since the lesson is only 25-minutes, we laid out the majority of the ingredients on the table to quicken the tasks needed to prepare the snack. All the kids needed to do was to tear up the leaves and to chop the larger veggies before tossing them together into a bowl. We let a few kids harvest green onions, nasturtium leaves and herbs. At the same time, we talked ever so briefly about The Parts of the Plant (which we’ll continue in a future lesson).

These were the veggies we ate, FRESH from the garden!!

Microgreens (arugula, kale and lettuce)
Curly kale
Nasturtium leaves
Green onions
Purple cauliflower

We didn’t have salad dressing but that was okay considering I wanted the students to really taste the differences between the veggies. It was a bit spicy for most kids (the arugula wasn’t a big hit, oddly … usually my students love it!) but I told them I was sooooo proud of them for their hard work and for trying something new! 🙂 🙂 🙂


– Ranger Hope

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.