Seeding is Believing

I had a blast subbing at Gardener Street Elementary this past week. We started off our day with a quick mini-lesson about the migration of the Monarch Butterfly. We learned how the butterfly uses its’ different appendages to find food on their long journey across North America. We talked about the importance of the Monarchs’ host plant “Milkweed” and how we, as good stewards of the Earth, can help the make habitats for the traveling butterfly.

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Then the students made seed balls! Seed balls are wads of clay with soil, flowers seeds (for the Monarchs to eat) and Milkweed seeds (for the butterflies to lay their eggs on). When you break and water the seed balls you have your own little butterfly garden!

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We ended the day with a slice of avocado to celebrate the Monarchs’ return to Mexico!

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