Nothing Beets Organic Veggie Tasting at Utah St. Elementary!

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Last week I started a new unit at Utah Street Elementary, but because one teacher was indisposed I finally got to meet them this week. The kindergarten class showed up enthusiastic and ready to learn this morning.

I let them know I would 1. learn their names using the name game, 2. we would get to taste a veggie, and 3. we would apply coffee grounds to the soil.

The name game went well. We had a lot of J names so I had to exhaust my mental list of produce. We went down the line of jicama, jamaica, jackfruit, and jujube.

During the veggie-tasting activity, I showed them a golden beet I had harvested from another school (all the produce at this school is still too young to harvest). I explained that beets are roots, and that roots work like straws to take nutrients and water from the soil. I explained that today we were only eating the roots, but the tops are edible as well. I then peeled and cubed the beet in front of them. I distributed the beet to the students while asking them to not eat it until it was time to try it all together. The students all expressed their hesitation at trying this new veggie and I let them know it was okay if they didn’t like it. They could just hand it back to me and I wouldn’t be mad or offended.

Then, we all tried it together. Many of them said they liked it, some sad it didn’t “taste that bad.” And a few didn’t like it all. I told them it was okay, that sometimes it takes a while for us to like something. But the important thing was that they tried it in the first place.

Then, I dressed the beet cubes with lemon and salt – a recipe I obtained from a friend. The students expressed that they really preferred the dressed beet.

Lastly, I asked the students to help me mix coffee grounds with the soil in the garden beds. They eagerly picked up handfuls of coffee grounds and distributed them around the garden while exclaiming “it smells like chocolate!” I think these kindergartens had a very good first day of garden class.

 

 

 

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