The Mini- Master Gardeners of Glassel ParK Elementary

This week at Glassel Park Elementary, I took inspiration from my fellow Garden Rangers at Enrich LA and taught about soil composition. The students were each assigned a bed and a jar. They filled up that jar with about 1/3 of soil from the bed and then filled the rest of the jar with soil. Then shake, shake, shake! When the soil was settled, the students got to practice reading rulers by measuring how much of the soil was sand, silt, clay or organic matter. You know these students are smart, because this classic experiment is even taught to the Master Gardeners of LA. They are still a little young to enroll in the Master Gardener class, but hopefully this will be the start of a life-long desire to learn about gardening!

soil composition- glassel 2

soil composition- glassel 2

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.