Final Class @ Foster!

What a lovely year, gardening and teaching at Foster Elementary! To commemorate the last day of Garden Classes before summer, I wanted to share an experience for them to remember: making food together and serving one another.

Our recipe was a simple pasta salad: shell pasta, diced yellow pepper, diced cucumber, diced tomato, torn fresh garden greens and garden-grown basil and Italian dressing. Each student had a certain task – from chopping veggies, to harvesting and tearing up garden greens, to mixing, to serving up the plates, to picking up trash and even washing dishes! I was SO proud of everyone’s participation and enthusiasm – what a joy to see the kids (and teachers!!!) ENJOY the garden. How my heart welled to receive Thank You letters and hugs today! I will surely miss the students over the summer and look forward to returning next year!

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A happy summer to you all!

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.