Preparing for Rain | Foster

In lieu of the impending rain, I taught the students at Foster about the Water Cycle. With the clouds in the sky above us, and the breeze occasionally swirling, we got to observe the change of weather in action!

The water cycle is a beautiful process in which our earth reuses water. It begins over a body of water, such as the ocean. As the sun heats up the water, water molecules turn from liquid to gas; they evaporate into the air. This water vapor ascends towards the sky, collecting closely, creating clouds through condensation. The cold air cannot hold the water, so the vapor appears as puffy cotton. As the kids and I discussed, clouds don’t actually feel like anything… They’re only wet. (You can try it by holding your hand in front of your breath!)

Finally, when the humidity (measure of water in the air) has reached 100%, the clouds become so heavy that the water falls from them, precipatating into rain, snow and the like. This water eventually returns to the body it originated and the process begins again.

The kids thought it is crazy that the same water we use to brush our teeth is the same water that existed when the dinosaurs were around!

We sang a song to remember all the steps of the water cycle and then the kids helped me to spread mulch in the pathways to prevent the dirt areas from getting muddy and the grassy areas from growing grass during this rainy season.

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We’re looking forward to seeing how the water will continue to beautify the garden as well as greater LA.

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.