Pre-K got to come out to the sunny garden yesterday and do some serious exploring. Many picked their very first radishes and tasted them after they got a quick rinse. What a special feeling when kids pick a vegetable out of the ground and make that ultimate connection- food and earth. We got to pick some lamb’s ear and mint, along with a bunch of other goodies.
Archive for March, 2011
The entire 6th grade came out today to uncover that winter out of the garden! We embraced the sun, said some salutations, got the elbow grease flowing, and got engaged in getting this garden into one mean, green, organic machine. It was a beautiful sight seeing all these teenagers care about something, and being completely engaged. The whole idea of an outdoor classroom is about hands on learning and ACTION versus theory. We had a great time too…
Mr. McCullough’s class came out to the garden to explore the new herbs, flowers, and veggies that are sprouting up in the garden. We collected a bunch of them in envelopes. They really love this activity because it gets them cruising around the garden, exploring, and sharing what they find. They get to use so many of their senses too.This was the first class of the spring and the sun was welcomed with open arms.
Glorious glorious sun- we love you!!!!! The beginning of spring is here and we are happy to get vitamin D. We started clearing out the mulch from last year. The students loved being outside and putting some elbow grease into making this garden gorgeous. The mint garden got uncovered and some straw came off the carrot garden too. It is looking marvelously messy and fun!
Share your knowledge of how seeds grow by drawing a comic book showing that information. Yes! The merging of science and art is beautiful and their creations were magnificent.
We presented our “Nutrition Facts” poster this last week in 4/5 classes. 2 person groups researched their respective areas and shared them with the class. This was a great culminating project that allowed students to learn from each other and share their knowledge. Now read those Fruit Loop labels!
We have been planting away in the garden- thousands and thousands of seeds. We have been using a mixture of organic potting soil and Orca compost to create the ultimate seed soil. Kindergarteners to 6th graders have been using their master gardener skills to make magic happen here. The salmon are doing amazing too, so the outlook is positive on many fronts here in the garden.
The plant sale is only two months away- MAY 14th!!!!!!
The Orca salmon are no longer alevin- they are fry! They are growing up. So maybe their tank is a little green- a little algae adds some character to a tank. They are growing as Earth Day rapidly approaches and their release gets closer and closer. Soon they will be swimming away from students, wiggling their tails through Lake Washington with new found freedom.
It has been a glorious couple of days here at the Orca Garden. We got our spring plants started and it is coming along amazingly. Lots o’ tomatoes, herbs, and brassicas underway. The plant sale is MAY 14th and will include every vegetable that you could imagine. Student’s plant and grow all the seeds and get an incredible opportunity to grow thousands of plants for the community. many plants are sold at the sale, but just as many are given away and donated to over 30 schools, food banks, and community gardens in Seattle. Want some? Just email us at email@example.com. Get ready!