What a beautiful spring Seattle day. We all trekked down to Seward Park and released the salmon parr that we have raised since they were eggs. it’s been a great three months of studying salmon and salmon habitats. What a great activity for the day before spring break! The salmon will be back in two years to lay their eggs in the same spot. Keep a look out!
May 12th 10am-3pm at Orca- 5215 46th Ave. S.
Our legendary plant sale for all your veggie needs! We will also have native plants, flowers, fruit shrubs, and mother’s day plant gifts. We will have so much going on at this sale- games, a “craft”ery area w/ Lily Hotchkiss, live music, a bake sale by First Base, and more. Check us out on facebook too at:
Did I mention that students grew all these plants AND we donate thousands of plants after the sale?
orca 2012 plant sale
Awhile back, some students in 3rd grade started making “garden burritos”- a delicious handmade concoction of 3 different kales, chard, mint, lettuce, fennel, and more. Now it has become a weekly tradition. Kids eating greens like crazy?!?!? Who’d a thunk it?
Matt’s class got into digging out our back concrete garden bed and planting 20 feet of potatoes. We got the potatoes from PCC- they were sprouted. The PCC staff was nice enough to hook us up w/ the bags for free. I also got some purple & fingerling potatoes from a friend. French fries here we come!
It’s taken almost 4 years and 346 posts to reach this cool milestone. The blessings are many and the joy is shining as brightly as this spring sunshine. Thanks to all the readers and cool folks out there who are interested in garden education, urban sustainability, and food justice. Orca really has this reputation of progressive education and real social action- that is easy to forget when in the trenches of the everyday public education experience.
This blog was set up as a diary and digital document of all the great things that happen here on the daily. In fact we broke our daily viewing record the other day w/ 506 views! Thank you everybody!
The season is changing, the Orca plant sale is approaching- and once again we are in the midst of growing thousands of plants in this small greenhouse. We have a dozen schools to give plants to, lots of non-profits to grow for, and much to supply our own MAY 12th plant sale. Students grew all of these plants, but we still have another month of planting MORE! It’s crazy town in here, but the buzz of students focused and purposeful makes it all worth it.
The madness of Orca plants
Shiny happy people w/ Andrea
Big big thanks to our UW partner- The Pipeline Project. Multiple UW students come out and volunteer with us every quarter. I also go visit their class each quarter for a seminar on education & sustainability. It’s a win/win for everyone. extra special thanks to our volunteer Andrea who just spent her last frenetic, crazy, soil filled day with us in the greenhouse transplanting tomatoes & then hanging out in the garden tasting delicious foods. Our other volunteers Jesse & Maya finished up a couple weeks ago. Thanks UW! Check out the Pipeline Project here: http://www.washington.edu/uwired/pipeline/