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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Bean pole teepees & future french fries

Peas & love

Peas & love


Lots of work & love in the garden today as we planted a huge carrot garden, started the beanpole teepee (over 12 feet high!), planted future french fries, and got broccoli starts in the ground.
beans & peas

beans & peas


We also took the 4th grade down to the p-patch- with a healthy dose of positive reinforcement around the fact that these students are feeding people in need when we work there. There is a strong sense of purpose & community that is really cool to see kids be a part of.
P-patch social justice

P-patch social justice

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Getting ready for spring

dig it?

dig it?


It was a spectacular day in the garden as we dug out the weeds and old plants to make for for the new freshies. We have plants growing in the greenhouse and will be adding some organic starters too.
worms!

worms!


The students NEVER complain about doing so called “grunt work” in the garden- they enjoy the hands on aspects, the fresh air, and the teamwork.
now that's a crew

now that’s a crew


This is also one important component in the cycle of gardening- digging up, planting, harvesting, chopping down….and repeat repeat. And if the trombones are practicing while we do it? Awesome.
the band spills into the garden

the band spills into the garden


Who knew weeding could be so much fun?
weed patrol

weed patrol

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Fruity salad!

Fruits salad in the dead of winter- it does a soul good.

Twin-o Fruit-o

Twin-o Fruit-o


Now this could give us a great opportunity to hear about globalization and the fossil fuel dependent commerce of food being in/out of season OR we could just get some joy on these kids faces and in their stomachs. Even fighting the good fight everyday can wear ya out- let’s just focus on crafting a simple recipe that any kid could do at home w/ butter knives.
Food time!

Food time!


They loved it and gobbled up every last drop. They wrote out the recipe and will hopefully take it home and make it with or without their parents.
Want some?

Want some?


Take home. Eat. Repeat.
Having that recipe in hand is a great family/home component.

Having that recipe in hand is a great family/home component.

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Herb & plant collection in the sun

We drew pictures of spring on envelopes and then got to exploring new plants in the garden. We collected lamb’s ear, sage, eucalyptus, 2 lavenders, rosemary, fennel, sword fern- anything that smelled cool or had a lil’ story behind it.

Envelope of smells!

Envelope of smells!


It really has been fun being outside- the winter is always a little too conceptual in the garden education department. So it’s fun to be outside, engaged w/ plants, and smiling with our friends.
Eucalyptus!

Eucalyptus!


A little freedom in the garden goes a long way. Give them a bit of a choice and they choose what they care about- thus making the learning a little bit more meaningful.
Free time to explore in the sun? Yes.

Free time to explore in the sun? Yes.

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Season change, garden renewal

The crew

The crew

Our good buddy SUNSHINE came to visit today, so it was important we get out, greet the world with a shovel, and start getting this mammajamma called SPRING started. We tore out old cabbages and other kales that had bit the dust. We then took turns chopping them up with shovels. A little aggression goes along way. Oh how they appreciate the movement, the action, and the outside classroom time of this activity. And of course we get to talk a bit about composting and the necessary work it is.

The joy of change

The joy of change

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