Calvert – Strawberries at Recess!

Calvert - April 1, 2016 - 5 of 5

Hello Garden Friends,

While the kindergarteners were out on a field trip this week, I got to visit with lots of children who came to play in the garden with me at recess and lunch. The highlight for us all was a food meditation around one of the most sacred fruits in a school garden. The strawberry! Together we focused our thoughts on how the strawberry came into our palms. From the seed, to the roots, up to the steams and out to the leaves – which had to harvest at least a 3 months of sunshine before it could put out a flower – which needed a bee to make a fruit. It took teamwork to harvest and cut the strawberry so that everyone could enjoy. And how wonderful it is to share food – smelling first, then tasting the warm sweet juice.

Creating moments for these students is one of the best parts of my job. These moments pooled together collectively are what shape children from unthinking consumers into connected beings who are conscious about the soil and work to be good stewards of the earth.

Below is another cool picture of the students helping me weed the mallow.

Until next week!

-Jeff Mailes

Calvert - April 1, 2016 - 2 of 5

Hello Garden Friends,

While the kindergarteners were out on a field trip this week, I got to visit with lots of children who came to play in the garden with me at recess and lunch. The highlight for us all was a food meditation around one of the most sacred fruits in a school garden. The strawberry! Together we focused our thoughts on how the strawberry came into our palms. From the seed, to the roots, up to the steams and out to the leaves – which had to harvest at least a 3 months of sunshine before it could put out a flower – which needed a bee to make a fruit. It took teamwork to harvest and cut the strawberry so that everyone could enjoy. And how wonderful it is to share food – smelling first, then tasting the warm sweet juice.

Creating moments for these students is one of the best parts of my job. These moments pooled together collectively are what shape children from unthinking consumers into connected beings who are conscious about the soil and work to be good stewards of the earth.

Below is another cool picture of the students helping me weed the mallow.

Until next week!

-Jeff Mailes

Calvert - April 1, 2016 - 2 of 5

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.

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