Why Do We Garden? | Foster

I had so much fun today with my students at Foster 🙂 today marked the first week of classes for a new unit so we mostly discussed the purpose of gardening. Instead of me boring them with a list, I decided to ask them what they thought.

Here are my students’ top answers, from Kindergarden to 5th grade:

– to grow food
– to be healthy
– to eat fresher food
– to add oxygen to air (I added that local produce reduces air pollution by reducing use of trucks to import produce.)

Then we reviewed a few garden rules before exploring the garden. What fun we had, finding rolly pollies (which we put in the compost pile). We even found a monarch butterfly!!!

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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.