Jamaica Arnold Palmar

For the very last garden class of the year I wanted to do something special for the students of Glassel Park Elementary. I introduced the kids to the giant red hibiscus bush that greets the children as they enter the garden. We talked about how the plants flowers are used in cultures all over the world; the Hawaiians use it for decoration, Thai people use it in drinks, etc. However, they were most familiar with the Mexican drink Jamaica, which is also made out of hibiscus. We celebrated this new knowledge, by drinking hibiscus tea mixed with lemonade. The hibiscus and the stevia used to sweeten the drink were both grown in that very garden!

Pictured below is the raw ingredients being boiled down in my kitchen: IMG_0442

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 malgermintie@gmail.com.