Ladybugs & Cauliflower at Foster

Today was the last day teaching Ms. Chavera’s kindergarten class. I was a bit sad because her students always brings a smile to my face. I shall miss their hugs! Also, each of them is not only curious but very mindful of the plants and animals. We’ve had so much fun observing worms, planting sunflower seeds and tasting chard with orange and tajin! I am also thankful to Ms. Chavera who assisted me each week with the lesson, reiterating it to her students throughout the week and letting them share with me what they remembered.

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Today we talked about ladybugs and their lifecycle. We read a book with pictures that showed each part of the life stage: eggs, larva, pupa and adult. Then we colored a picture to take home and tried to find a ladybug in the garden. We found one on a sunflower leaf! But no eggs or larva. Maybe next time…

Ms. Chavera with a freshly harvested cauliflower from the garden!

Ms. Chavera with a freshly harvested cauliflower from the garden!

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.