Archive for November, 2013

Changing of the season

The “closing down” of the garden for the season is always a yearly highlight that gets kids active and engaged in the garden. They get to stomp around in the soil harvesting the last of the goodies still there AND help tear it all down for the winter. Today they cycled through 4 activities.

1. Tearing out calendula and nastertium plants

2. Chopping of the plants into compost

3. Harvesting potatoes

4. Harvesting mint for mint tea this winter (and drinking some before washing our own cups!)

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Garden Sushi

Alright- we don’t grow fish or seaweed, so what are we thinking? Well I think that using local and home grown foods as substitutions in favorite foods is a great plan for increasing our food security and enacting a more sustainable food system.

So we wrapped our rice and homegrown carrots in chard and kale and VOILA- Orca Sushi. I picked up some daikon radish, rice vinegar, and soy sauce for some added flavor. Students brought the recipes home to share and a student even showed me their lunch yesterday w/ chard sushi they made at home!!

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Harvest Festival 2013!

apple prep

apple prep

Well we have just powered through another amazing harvest festival- where we celebrate the end of the gardening season and all the things we are thankful for. This is a great school community event full of fun activities related to gardening and food. We brought out our infamous cider press and got to juicin’. Thank you to all the parental volunteers who REALLY made this event happen- you’re awesome! We had so many activities because of all their talents and hard work- fresh waffles from scratch, tamale making, lavender sache’s, herbal tea bags, pumpkin ring toss, and the fabulous leaf crowns.

harvest themed sweets

harvest themed sweets

The potluck food was great and all the cinnamon and pumpkin flavored foods had the greenhouse smelling delightful.

family festival

family festival

It was great to see all the parents and family members coming by too.

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