Cauliflower is King

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Its been our signature winter vegetable. Cauliflower! Planted in the fall with starts from Sylmar High school’s farm, in beds that were mulched and well fed during the winter, each head grew to be bigger, juicer and more beautiful and tasty than the next. We’ve shared it with staff, and Enrichla admin and volunteers and eaten many a delicious salad ourselves.

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The kids learned that cauliflower is cousin to broccoli, kale and brussel sprouts. All of which grow in our garden and we added to our salad mixes. They learned to harvest only as many florets as they needed to eat instead of the whole head, and for good measure added the stem and leaves to the mix. Simple ways to prolong a good harvest, and prevent waste! Though the biggest lesson by far, was that hard work in building healthy soil translates to a robust harvest, specially with the gift of abundant rain!

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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.