Writing recipes at Foster

In preparation of summer time, my students and I made a refreshing drink today. I taught them how to make lemon-mint infused water and how to write the recipe to take home with them. We discussed how this drink doesn’t have any sugar but the natural sugar from the lemon and the refreshing flavor from the mint gives the tea a happy flavor. Afterwards, we tasted the drink; I’d say about 60-70% of the class enjoyed it, asking for more!

During garden exploration, the kids observed the beautifully colored autumn sunflowers (and collected some seeds for next year) and found bugs (of course!) and munched on some kale. I also took a few minutes to also paint our new chalkboard that we’ll be using next year when the seating area is re-mulched and a shade cover is installed.

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.