Bugs & Seeds | Foster

During our class today, we talked about the bugs that make the garden happy and bugs that make the garden sad. Then we went on a scavenger hunt to see what we could find… check it out!

We found some ladybugs. They eat aphids (tiny insects that suck the juice out of the plants)!

We found some ladybugs. They eat aphids (tiny insects that suck the juice out of the plants)!

We found bagrada beetles, which chew up the leaves on the arugula, broccoli and cauliflower plants.

We found bagrada beetles, which chew up the leaves on the arugula, broccoli and cauliflower plants.

Lastly, we found milkweed seeds and spread them around the garden to attract the monarch caterpillars! (Picture by Hope Cox)

Lastly, we found milkweed seeds and spread them around the garden to attract the monarch caterpillars! (Picture by Hope Cox)

Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.