El Sereno Uses Their Noses!

Quite the exciting morning start at El Sereno this Wednesday, as a cow and calf were gracious enough to visit this morning! Butterscotch the cow and Oreo the calf were great volunteers as the children learned a bunch of cow and milking facts. They carried this excitement with them into the garden as we started our activities with an olfactory activity. Each table had a mixture of different herbs: cilantro, basil, rosemary, and mint for the students to smell and identify. They gave observations about what each herb smelled like to them, with rosemary being a heavy favorite. Then, we moved on into how to harvest seeds from plants like basil, lettuce, peas, and beans. Each class scoured the garden for seedpods that everyone practiced opening to harvest seeds that they got to take home to plant.

 

A test of the noses

A test of the noses

Sugar snap peas and basil to get the noses going

Sugar snap peas and basil to get the noses going

Harvested seeds and tomatoes

Harvested seeds and tomatoes

Shylana Roman

Shylana (Shy-lane-uh) would say that the two greatest loves in her life so far have been gardening, and a deep emotional bond with sandwiches. Her hometown is Chelsea, MA (right by Boston), and she has lived in Los Angeles for seven years now. It took her a while before she could really notice and appreciate the beautiful and diverse nature that exists in a city in a desert. The bright poppy colors make even the rainy days colorful with the clear skies and strong contrast of the blooming succulents. The scents of the jasmine and citrus trees are especially enticing in Highland Park, where she currently lives. There is nothing more rewarding than when a student asks her if they can spend their recess in the garden. That's how she knows she is doing her job right!