Archive for July, 2016

Salad is where it’s at…

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The end of year celebrations were fabulous around here as we ate salads fresh from the garden. What’s so special about a salad you might ask? The Orca garden has a lot of fresh greens and herbs so that kids can customize their own salad. We had plenty of chives, mustard greens, kales, chards, fennel, edible flowers, and even mint to add to a normal selection of romaine and heirloom lettuces. Kids grabbed their own scissors and bowl and commenced to visiting their outdoor salad bar.

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Many students have said more times than I can count that they do not like salad but they love to eat salads at Orca. We make sure we grow a healthy assortment of edible goodies here to keep these ravenous rabbits satisfied and curious about eating fresh freshness from the garden. It is my feeling that when a child’s mind is open about fresh greens this early in life, then we might just have a healthy kaleĀ  and salad lovin’ adult in the future. And one who supports local, organic urban farming!

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Adios 5th grade!

So long 5th grade! Many students are moving to different middle schools, so this was a very bittersweet goodbye! I have known many of these students since pre-k (!) and have really seen them grow and grow. I of course made them celebrate this important milestone by eating a fresh, organic, local, and free Orca salad. These are some very special and talented youth who I know will take their garden knowledge out into the world and make it a better place. See ya!!!

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