Seed Tape (Autumn Crop Prep) at Ramona

Today was a fun day discussing the seasons of Los Angeles.

LA shares similar weather to the Mediterranean area of the world: Temperate weather most of the year except for the couple months of chilly and the couple months of hot.

We discussed that though fall technically began last week LA does not demonstrate autumn colors or leaves.

However, because the weather is so temperate, we can grow crops all year long!

To prepare for cold weather planting, I instructed the students to make SEED TAPE: Seeds spaced out on toilet paper.

To prepare for cold weather planting, I instructed the students to make SEED TAPE: Seeds spaced out on toilet paper.

We planted BEETS today on our tape. Beets are a root vegetable that are high in vitamin C and fiber. They also make a good dye!

Afterwards, the kids tasted tomatoes, chard & kale. They love it!!!

Afterwards, the kids tasted tomatoes, chard & kale. They love it!!!

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.