Seed Laboratory | Juan Cabrillo

Today we examined different kinds of seeds and wrote down our observations. Frank and I split the kids in half …

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One table passed around clear bags, filled with different seeds (but unlabeled!) and wrote comments on what the seeds looked like and some guesses on what the seed would become if planted. Some seeds were large, others super tiny. Some seeds were white, others black. Some seeds were round and some were flat. Many students correctly guessed the squash and sunflower seeds; but others were much trickier to identify.

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The other table dissected blanket flowers that had developed seeds on the inside. These seeds were a challenge to find inside the papery petals but many kids found them!

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.