At Rio Vista the Seed is awake

Rio vista welcomed the fall. On today’s lesson we discovered the power that the compost has and also how a seed grows.

We started reviewing the process of composting, how is made of  and what kind of organisms helps it to break down into a little pieces the compost’s “ingredients”. We discovered that besides earthworms, bacteria and fungus play really important role into this process. Water and air helped us to discovered that with the correct amount we can make it work on good speed or slow down the composting process. Also we found and observed different kinds of compost in our garden. We discuss about how we can improve some of them and find the best results.

Rio Vista

And also we woke up a couple of seeds, with our magic story “a seed is sleepy”. We found out the diversity in the garden seeds, the process they have to go through to grow healthy and strong.  And of course what kind of animals in our garden can be helpful and bad for our crops. But because the squirrels are the kings and queens of our garden, we watched them cutting and eating the sunflowers pods. We explained that how can be beneficial for some seeds to spread that way, through propagation carry it by some animals as a squirrels and birds.

Imagining and drawing, it was or last step on these day, we imagined we were all kinds of seeds(watermelon seeds, apple seeds, etc) we went through a fun yoga stretching to understand the process that takes a seed to grow.  After the fun stretching exercise we went right to draw down our creative seed and what these seed are going to become.

Every drawing was so fantastic!

Rio Vista Seed process,

 

 

Angeles McClure

Everything started at my grandma's kitchen back in Mexico. All that she cooked with fresh cut ingredients. I thought her skills were amazing but also have a people coming to our door selling local products like vegetables and fruit it really touched my life. I noticed the difference immediately as I moved to the city, where everything was more expensive and for a cheap meal you would something tasteless and low in nutrients. Missing my hometown I started to investigated about how I can produce food in a small space, how to save money doing this Technics . So everything lead me to a single thing: Urban farming and sustainable. I am still learning about his beautiful world and I am very happy to be sharing this knowledge and of course receiving new information, because we love this home called Planet.

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Rio vista welcomed the fall. On today’s lesson we discovered the power that the compost has and also how a seed grows. We started reviewing the process of composting, how is made of  and what kind of organisms helps it to break down into a little pieces the compost’s “ingredients”. We discovered that besides earthworms,…

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By Sarah Heder | September 28, 2018

The students at Atwater Elementary enjoyed learning about the water cycle! We learned that a cycle repeats over and over again. Their minds were blown when I told them that the same water they use to take a shower in is the same water the dinosaurs swam in. Woah! We worked on the vocabulary words…

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By Rocio Prado | September 18, 2018

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