Archive for November, 2014

Grow your own medicine!

Cookin' up the goods

Cookin’ up the goods

The greenhouse smelled like honeycombs and flowers as we cooked up this amazing calendula flower balm. Calendula can heal scratches, bruises, and chapped & dry skin. Check this recipe online here.

Beeswax

Beeswax

We wrote up the recipes and got them ready to present at the Environmental Science Night which is this Thursday 11/20. Growing your own medicine qualifies as environmentally awesome!

Check it out!

Check it out!

Every student gets their own tin and as they get banged up at home and on the playground, they can count on some Orca medicine to help them out.

The recipe

The recipe

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Chard/Kale/Collard rice rolls

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We are eating this garden, frozen or not- making sure we get every last delicious green morsel. The plants started to looked chilled and wilted- so it’s time to eat!

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We made a big pot of rice, put out smalls bowls of rice vinegar & soy sauce, & a collection of sliced daikon radish, carrots, and fresh beets. We rolled it all up into a freshly picked rainbow chard, collard green, or kale leaf.

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The students kept asking for more & more- to see kids going bananas for kale and fresh greens- that warms a garden teacher’s heart like few activities in the world. They loved the food, and they further reinforced the idea that growing your own food can be continually delicious and fun- even when it’s freezing outside.

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November salads are the best

Scavnger hunt for delicious goodies.

Scavnger hunt for delicious goodies.

This garden can’t stop, won’t stop.

A true team effort.

A true team effort.

This garden is the gift that keeps on giving- a living classroom that shares the truest idea of sustainability. Local, fresh, & organic food for all. When a group of students harvests their own salad- you can sense that pride, that feeling of accomplishment. Oh, and it tastes dang good too. We will keep eating till there is nothing left.

Ohh the abundance...

Ohh the abundance…

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The infamous stone soup

Retell your story

Retell your story

Our infamous Orca Stone Soup was a true delight on these cold Autumn days. There is nothing quite like walking through the blustery Orca garden to an awaiting pot of wonderful soup brewing. Plus adding in the idea that fresh food like this requires no gasoline, money, or even much effort- an amazing concept for 1st grade students to start digesting (along with the soup).

The joy

The joy

It was joy all around as we gathered the final collection of potatoes, carrots, greens, leeks, onions, and herbs to craft this delicious concoction. This is a true Orca tradition about sharing- both local, organic food & that fabulous old folk tale of Stone Soup. Read about the history of it here.

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