Grow your own medicine!

Cookin' up the goods

Cookin’ up the goods

The greenhouse smelled like honeycombs and flowers as we cooked up this amazing calendula flower balm. Calendula can heal scratches, bruises, and chapped & dry skin. Check this recipe online here.

Beeswax

Beeswax

We wrote up the recipes and got them ready to present at the Environmental Science Night which is this Thursday 11/20. Growing your own medicine qualifies as environmentally awesome!

Check it out!

Check it out!

Every student gets their own tin and as they get banged up at home and on the playground, they can count on some Orca medicine to help them out.

The recipe

The recipe

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Chard/Kale/Collard rice rolls

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We are eating this garden, frozen or not- making sure we get every last delicious green morsel. The plants started to looked chilled and wilted- so it’s time to eat!

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We made a big pot of rice, put out smalls bowls of rice vinegar & soy sauce, & a collection of sliced daikon radish, carrots, and fresh beets. We rolled it all up into a freshly picked rainbow chard, collard green, or kale leaf.

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The students kept asking for more & more- to see kids going bananas for kale and fresh greens- that warms a garden teacher’s heart like few activities in the world. They loved the food, and they further reinforced the idea that growing your own food can be continually delicious and fun- even when it’s freezing outside.

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November salads are the best

Scavnger hunt for delicious goodies.

Scavnger hunt for delicious goodies.

This garden can’t stop, won’t stop.

A true team effort.

A true team effort.

This garden is the gift that keeps on giving- a living classroom that shares the truest idea of sustainability. Local, fresh, & organic food for all. When a group of students harvests their own salad- you can sense that pride, that feeling of accomplishment. Oh, and it tastes dang good too. We will keep eating till there is nothing left.

Ohh the abundance...

Ohh the abundance…

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The infamous stone soup

Retell your story

Retell your story

Our infamous Orca Stone Soup was a true delight on these cold Autumn days. There is nothing quite like walking through the blustery Orca garden to an awaiting pot of wonderful soup brewing. Plus adding in the idea that fresh food like this requires no gasoline, money, or even much effort- an amazing concept for 1st grade students to start digesting (along with the soup).

The joy

The joy

It was joy all around as we gathered the final collection of potatoes, carrots, greens, leeks, onions, and herbs to craft this delicious concoction. This is a true Orca tradition about sharing- both local, organic food & that fabulous old folk tale of Stone Soup. Read about the history of it here.

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SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR

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We have been getting DEEEEEEP into food chemistry with our study of sugar.

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Sugar is known to be associated with a heap of health problems and this activity of measuring the amount of sugar in products has been both eye opening and very disturbing.

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We used our increasing food label reading skills to ascertain the amount of sugar in a serving and sometimes in a whole box/container. We then measured it with teaspoons.

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When we get a visual for the amount of sugar in a product, it is a great reminder of the actual amount we eat (and many would say- overeat).

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Check out this graphic and get a understanding of American consumption.

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Soon we will be measuring salt & sodium in common products and doing these same measurements. Hopefully these activities can help us become educated consumers and conscious eaters- an ever increasing necessity in this world of corporate food culture that hopes we never educate ourselves about what we eat. Viva la Orca!

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Native Plant Studies

Our native plant studies have reached new levels of awesomeness- this usually happens though when we combine garden science with art. This allows the scientific and artistic mind of students to combine and cross streams (like Ghostbusters). They are preparing their books for our annual meeting of the minds- the ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE NIGHT on November 20th in the lunchroom.

Low Oregon Grape & Scientific Art

Low Oregon Grape & Scientific Art

The teachers & I are really able to engage the kids and help them when they need it. They are studying sword fern, snowberry, low oregon grape, thimbleberry, salmonberry, kinnickinick, alpine strawberry, and more. It’s been great to really examine how Native peoples from the NW used these plants medicinally and as a resource.

Examining the finer sapects of a Salmonberry leaf.

Examining the finer aspects of a Salmonberry leaf.

Plus the coolest trees of all time- the Western Red Cedar- are conveniently located in the back of the school. We sustainably stripped bark pieces that were traditionally used by Native peoples for clothes, baskets, and even diapers?! No need to chop these beauties down to use them again and again as a natural resource.

Who can strip the longest piece of Western Red Cedar?

Who can strip the longest piece of Western Red Cedar?

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Harvest Festival Funnnnnn!!!

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What an amazing Harvest Festival this year! Our annual two day event was filled with fresh pressed cider, home baked goodies, corn husk dolls, leaf crowns, fort building, salsa making, & an endless supply of Orca French Fries. Whew!

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Thanks to all the AMAZING parent volunteers and community members who are the unsung heroes of this cool event. We love you!!!

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Most fries of alltime!

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