End o’ the year celebrations!

mojitos!

mojitos!

It’s been such a fabulous week celebrating all the hard work & fun in the garden for the year. All classes got to make fresh FAUX-jitos aka mojitos w/ fresh mint from the garden. They were amazingly refreshing on these hot spring days we had.

goumi berries!

goumi berries!


Today we picked goumi berries, thimbleberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
We also have been enjoying the incredible selection of flowers in the garden, including white roses, calendula, clematis, and more.
Toasting flowers

Toasting flowers


We have been doing snail patrol, learning about invasive animals & insects in the garden. But today we had snail races…

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Thanks to everybody- all the parents, teachers, and students who support this Orca Garden Program. It is a true community effort. We love ya!

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Lett-uce make some salad.


Finally all that hard work in the garden has paid off with the freshest salad you have ever had (…cue hip hop DJ sample- “FRRRRRRRRESH”).

We harvested 6 kinds of lettuce that have been growing amazingly well. With only a few weeks left of school, we here at the garden are trying to create the most delicious send off possible- by eating and harvesting till the end of June.

We got all thumbs up on this salad right here. We added a bit of fennel, kale, and a light vinaigrette to ensure absolute delight & satisfaction.

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Hot hot heat!!!

It's a celebration!

It’s a celebration!


It was a rip roaring week of intense sun, random hose cool downs, straw mulching, and even some planting.
Our amazing UW volunteer Jamee!

Our amazing UW volunteer Jamee!


We mulched baby onions w/ straw to save them from this amazing heat. Helping out, was our UW volunteer Jamee from the fabulous Pipeline program that connects college students w/ volunteering in local organizations doing sustainability work. She got right down in it.
yes, spray time

yes, spray time


So yes we had to cool down and this is how we do it. Make it rain!
a coconut from the Virgin Islands?!?

a coconut from the Virgin Islands?!?


And w/ the kindergarteners, we opened a coconut that a student’s parent mailed from the US Virgin Islands?!? It’s not quite so easy, but we eventually cracked it and celebrated a little.
watering with care

watering with care


And we did MUCH watering! It’s hot!!!!

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Spring into action!

Sweetie tomato transplant!

Sweetie tomato transplant!

It was a busy spring day as we did A LOT! We started off with transplanting tomatoes & peppers.

Jalapeno babies

Jalapeno babies

Then we went on slug patrol! These pests munch all our delicious greens, so they gotta go.

Slug Patrol

Slug Patrol

Then we harvested a stockpile of mint for tea.

Mint tea of the future

Mint tea of the future

And…the greenhouse is looking fabulous as we are getting ready for our plant sale on May 10th!

Tending the garden

Tending the garden

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Plant sale May 10th!

It’s gonna be another plant extravaganza at Orca on May 10th! Get all your organic veggie starters, native plants, fruit trees/bushes, perennials, annuals- ALL YOUR GARDEN NEEDS! 10am-3pm at Orca K-8 School.

Please RSVP and share our FACEBOOK EVENT!

Get your plants!

Get your plants!

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6th annual salmon release!

buddies have a buddy

buddies have a buddy


It was the most glorious salmon release ever! It was the sunniest day we have ever had on our short 1.1 mile walk to Seward Park to release our precious baby Coho salmon fry. For many students, this is their 6th release- an incredible connection to sustainability.

The bucket o' fish

The bucket o’ fish


All K-6 classes walked down and got a chance to partner up with a friend, grab a dixie cup o’ fish and get to releasin’ them. This really is a special moment as they watch them swim away after 3 months in Orca’s hallway in a tank.
kindergarten writing

kindergarten writing


Thanks to everybody who helped take care of them and for your support of the program and this amazing walking field trip.
let er' rip!

let er’ rip!


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From lunchroom nuggets to soil!

Thanks to Cedar Grove Compost for the donation of 7 cubic yards of soil. The garden thanks you immensely. We had a blast unloading it and generally making a mess of ourselves.

The 3rd grade crew

The 3rd grade crew


The garden was suddenly transformed with this dark soil goodness. The students also got it explained to them that all their composting in the lunchroom eventually comes back as some of the best soil on the planet.
Shaping up nicely 'round here

Shaping up nicely ’round here

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