Archive for October 14, 2015

Peru: Land of the origin of french fries

Art, history, creative writing, and potatoes.

Art, history, creative writing, and potatoes.

3rd-5th grade students explored french fries in a different way. They learned about crop origins and the fact that all potatoes share a genetic ancestor in Peru. Though there are over 1,000 varieties of potatoes now, they originally came from Peru. We got the chance to write imaginary postcards from Peru that hopefully students will mail to someone real!

Imaginary travel

Imaginary travel

I checked out a handful of books on Peru from the Orca library and we got to exploring this ancient majestic land of Incan ruins, diverse culture, and incredible mountains. These books were an added resource to our conversation about crop origins and Peruvian history. This project is really about fusing the garden with creative writing, cultural exploration, and art- a recipe for success.

machu Pichu postcard

Machu Pichu postcard

Of course the first thing we did was dig up purple, red, white, yellow, and fingerling potatoes. Farm to tummy in the matter of 15 minutes. Bam!

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Kindergarten “potato to french fry” FUN

potato farmers

potato farmers

Kindergarten got the chance to go outside, dig up their own potatoes, and come inside to watch them turned into french fries. This is an annual tradition here that takes a common food that most people enjoy and puts a local, fresh, organic twist on it.

more potato farmers

more potato farmers


While we don’t want to fry everything in the garden , this is a fun activity that gets kids excited about what we grow and understanding the garden origins of common delicacies.

Oh the joy!

Oh the joy!

They got a chance to make their own “fry boxes” that display their interpretation of this activity.

Yum!

Yum!

They get to use art to display their learning and get as creative as possible.

Yes!

Yes!

They really love this activity and usually always ask about it all year. It’s really special to see kids excited and engaged in such a “foodie” activity.

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