Harvesting Seeds | Foster

Today we learned about where seeds come from (flowers and fruits). I showed the students some examples of flowers (zinnias, blanket flowers and sunflowers) which died but have seeds accumulated in the center. We might be sad that the flower is gone but we can be happy because the center carries lots and lots of seeds for new flowers!

We also talked about examples of fruits, which have seeds on the inside; some we eat and some we don’t (like a mango seed versus watermelon seeds). Together, the students and I pulled out the center of the flowers and tried to find the seeds. We also split open a sunflower seed capsule to find the real seed inside. We talked about the fact that the seed coat protects the seed from moisture and weather until it’s time for them to grow.

Lastly, we looked in the garden for examples of flowers which had seeds ready to collect. Some students pulled off blanket flower seeds from the plant and put them in  bag to save. Our borage plants also produce a lot of seeds (featured image)!

Harvest from the garden for the teachers!

Harvest from the garden for the teachers! Russian and curly kales, rainbow chard, rosemary, arugula, lettuce and broccoli!

Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.