“Chard is delicious!” at Foster

Today at Foster, we were introduced to a new leafy green: Swiss Chard. This late-summer-early-fall green has a red vein down the middle. While some kids don’t mind eating it straight off the plant, and some kids compete for who gets the stem, some don’t like the bitter taste very much. So today, I brought some oranges and tajin with me to class … squeezing and sprinkling over the top of the leaves resembles an easy salad dressing. After our lesson, the kids helped me to pass out the leaves and eagerly asked for orange juice and tajin on their snack. They gobbled it up and asked for seconds! Yum!

Beautiful zinnias at Foster. Picture by Hope Cox.

Beautiful zinnias at Foster. 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.