Archive for September, 2010

Herbs, mints, and sages oh my!

We had students decorate a simple envelope and collect things that smell or feel good in the garden. We have a plethora of mints, sages (fruit, honeydew melon, and pineapple), flowers, lambs ear, lemon yerbena, lavenders, and more. They wandered the garden, exploring and intaeracting as I (and they) pointed out things to collect. Remember- not anything bigger than your thumb!

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Worms & Bouquets?!?! The first day of fall…

Glorious glorious sunshine!!! The Autumn Equinox is upon us and we are grateful for our abundant harvest. Kindergarten students came out to the garden to explore the contents of our worm bins (Along with the notion of composting…) and to pick bouquets. The cosmos are exploding around the garden. The students were enthralled with these simple activities. Kindergarten age students are so open to new experiences and getting them connected with food systems and the natural world is so powerful.

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This Saturday 2pm- Orca Q & A @ Pike Place Market Artisan Food Festival

Slow Food Seattle has brought us out to speak at this amazing event http://www.artisanfoodfestival.org/. Come have some fun and food with us as we share our vision of garden education, sustainability, and food justice. This speaking panel lasts 45 minutes and is part of an incredible selection of speakers and presenters who love food!

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Fresh food from the Orca garden

What an amazing harvest we have had so far this year. Melanie’s class came out for their first weekly garden class and did some delicious tasting. We munched on carrots, beets, chard, tomatoes, and cabbage- all picked within 5 minutes of eating! That’s fast food! Making the garden a place for eating is a big focus of our this school year. We have increased our harvest enough that we can finally do more cooking and tasting. It has been a delicious start to teh school year.

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Making salad from Orca & Full Circle Farm produce!

Thanks to Full Circle Farm http://www.fullcirclefarm.com/ for their donation of a weekly produce box for September and October. You are awesome!

We are eating our way to a food revolution. The challenge was this: which group of 7 students can make the most delicious salad? All the ingredients were on the table, except for fresh tomatoes and cabbage picked within 5 minutes of eating them, out of the Orca garden. It’s about eating together, cooking, preparing- sharing. Food brings us together and Matt’s 4/5 class had a blast eating a delicious salad and sharing good company.

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Hillman City p-patch visit for foodbank

Last week Mr. C’s class went to the food bank to deliver Orca produce. Today we went to our Hillman City p-patch to harvest food from our food bank plot there. We also collected food from our own plot there, for our won students to sample and taste for our incredible food units we have begun. Making these community connections is a vital part of our garden program.

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Oxbow Farm loves us! Weekly CSA box of produce!

Oxbow Farm reached out to us to develop a farm & school connection. For the next two months we will get a weekly box of produce from their farm. This helps us work with cooking and food preparation in the classroom. It also puts a taste to the “idea” of a farm- which will culminate in a a field trip to the farm for many of these classrooms. Having this farm connection with Orca will be such an amazing partnership. thank you Oxbow!

Today, students were exploring our wormbins. But after that, we sampled some Oxbow goodies (greenbeans & broccoli) and threw any scraps right into the wormbins. Sustainability!

Oxbow is a leading force in the NW for sustainable agriculture, organic farming, and permaculture. Check them out at http://www.oxbow.org/ . You too could get a weekly Community Supported Agriculture box of organic produce!

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