Glassel Park Elementary Plants for the Summer Season

Last week the students of Glassel Park Elementary turned their winter garden into a summer garden through the magic of team work! We started by removing the fava beans that were growing in the beds. The kids had a great time being productively destructive pulling out plants as large as themselves. We then cleared the beds of all the leaves and discovered lots of roley-poly friends. Finally, after a quick planting lesson, the young gardeners were each given a seedling to plant. Now we have a a bed full of watermelons and another full of eggplant!

The pile of fava bean plants extracted from the beds:

The bed after everything was finished:

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