Calvert – Kholrabi!

Hello Garden Friends,

Last Friday at Calvert we harvested our first kohlrabi! It took a while to process the stem and get to the sweet middle but it was definitely worth it.

We started the lesson by introducing the kindergarten class to the garden rules. There are three:

  1. Respect all life: The plants and animals we find in the garden live there 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When we visit the garden we must imagine we are entering their home. We wouldn’t appreciate it if a stranger came into our house and picked us up or poked us with a stick.. so we must refrain from these behaviors when visiting the bugs.
  2. Don’t eat or pick plants unless an adult says it’s okay: There are lots of good things to eat in the garden but every once in a while there could be something poisonous that would make us sick if we ate it. Also, if a plant was just picked, it needs a little while to build up its energy before it gets eaten again.
  3. Never say “Ew!”:¬†When we say “Ew” our mind is closed and we cannot learn. Ew is something we say without thinking – often times we don’t even know exactly why we think something is gross. As soon as we say “Ew” we have already decided we don’t like it and don’t want to engage.

Little kids like rules and sensory activities so that’s pretty much what we did on the first day. We also¬†sang “roots, stems, leaves”.. and then we had snack time!

Until next week,

-Jeff Mailes


Jeff Mailes

Jeff Mailes is a garden designer and environmental educator working out of Woodland Hills, CA. A Los Angeles County Master Gardener and UC Davis Alumni, Jeff earned his B.S. in Environmental Resource Science in 2012 and has been growing edibles and natives for the past 6 years.

Jeff’s passion for plants and garden education has led him to school gardens from Los Angeles to Sacramento and all the way up to Portland, Oregon. Now familiar with ecosystems across the West Coast, Jeff has settled back home and works to bring people together over food and inspire the next generation of earth stewards to leave it better than they found it. When not writing about himself in the third person, Jeff enjoys singing with his guitar, going on camping and hiking excursions, and tossing a frisbee around with his friends.