Winter rains!

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At Clifford elementary the year began on a welcome rainy day in January. Every child impatiently wanting to visit the garden to take in the fresh air, and soak up the rain drops, pretty much like the plants themselves!

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We did exactly that with the kindergarten class. Burning energy first with a rain dance, and moving on to garden exploration next. We focused on recognizing which plants in their garden beds are edible. Once the rain increased we moved back to the classroom and used one tasting specimen, in this case, Nasturtium. We tasted its leaves, seeds and flowers and each child described their first impression of taste, texture, smell and likeability. Some even asked for seconds.

 

Tahereh Sheerazie

Tahereh likes to hike, bike, quilt, cook and most of all garden. She has been a garden ranger with EnrichLa since January 2015. She teaches middle school children, many of whom have special needs which has necessitated a slow, mindful approach to place based garden education. Improving soil, making compost, harvesting water, growing natives and ancient grains and journal writing, is what she enjoys doing most with the children.