Spring Garden Salad at Foster

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Spring has sprung and many of the veggies we planted in the wintertime are now ready to harvest. The kids at Foster were very excited when I announced we were going to make a salad together. Using greens and herbs solely from the garden, we tore everything into pieces, sprinkled the salad with storebought sunflower seeds and a homemade vinaigrette. We identified how many colors we were eating — reds, greens, and purples — and I told these kids to remember that the more colors they can eat in one meal, the happier, stronger and smarter they will be.

This salad is always a hit with the kids and they ask for seconds and thirds!

 One kid even announced, "I have a green tongue!" after gobbling up his plate.

One kid even announced, “I have a green tongue!” after gobbling up his plate.

Thumbs up for the garden salad!

Thumbs up for the garden salad!

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.