Archive for April, 2014

Spring into action!

Sweetie tomato transplant!

Sweetie tomato transplant!

It was a busy spring day as we did A LOT! We started off with transplanting tomatoes & peppers.

Jalapeno babies

Jalapeno babies

Then we went on slug patrol! These pests munch all our delicious greens, so they gotta go.

Slug Patrol

Slug Patrol

Then we harvested a stockpile of mint for tea.

Mint tea of the future

Mint tea of the future

And…the greenhouse is looking fabulous as we are getting ready for our plant sale on May 10th!

Tending the garden

Tending the garden

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Plant sale May 10th!

It’s gonna be another plant extravaganza at Orca on May 10th! Get all your organic veggie starters, native plants, fruit trees/bushes, perennials, annuals- ALL YOUR GARDEN NEEDS! 10am-3pm at Orca K-8 School.

Please RSVP and share our FACEBOOK EVENT!

Get your plants!

Get your plants!

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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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