I had a great time subbing at Gardner Elementary last week. It is a beautiful school with lovely kids and engaged teachers. This week we learned about insects, habitats and what makes something native. After discussing the difference between native bees and honey bees, the students spent a little time reviewing what different insects eat and where they liked to make their homes. They then broke up into pairs and created “terrariums” or bug habitats based on an assigned insect.The kids had a blast exploring the garden hunting for insects and building homes for them.┬áThe results were adorable, creative and fun!


The best part for me was that I finally found a use for all the glass jars I have been hoarding.

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The worst part was that immediately after I took this picture the jars all came crashing down. Oh no!

Michelle Alger-Mintie

Michelle Alger-Mintie is an urban farmer and garden educator. She grew up in Los Angeles County and studied Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. For the past 5 years she has worked on farms, in food distribution, in greenhouses, with special needs students and as a non profit program coordinator; all the time striving to make LA healthier, greener, better. She also currently works as a private edible gardener and makes vegetables beds out of pallets in her free time. To engage her services, send an email to