Studying Soil

The students were so excited to dig into the soil and find grubs at Kester that it was appropriate to introduce the Parts of Soil this week. We first discussed what were the four parts that made up soil (air, water, nutrients and organic matter) then went to the garden to get some hands on experience. They learned how to do a quick soil test just by feeling the soil and determining whether the soil needed more air or water.

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Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore has been a Garden Ranger since the start of the 2014 school year. She is passionate about community development and sustainability. Michelle studied Recreation and Tourism Management at CSUN and got her start in the garden world at M.E.N.D., a poverty relief nonprofit. There she installed gardens at low income families homes and helped families along through out the garden seasons. She enjoys teaching gardening to students because it reconnects this technology generation with mother nature. Everyone loves to eat, it is a universal common ground. By showing kids where their food comes from and how we are connected to our food we ultimately our reconnecting or minds and bodies, something many of us forget to do in our fast paced environment. When she is not out working on community building Michelle enjoys camping, rock climbing, training martial arts, watching movies and playing board games.