Archive for June, 2017

Orca Garden Sodas: End o’ year epic epicness!

What an amazing year of fun, food, environmentalism, joy, & wonder!!!

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We made incredibly delicious garden themed sodas w/ our trusty Sodastream, a collection of awesome garden ingredients, and a few lemons & limes.

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It has been an amazing year- the activities, culture, and uniqueness of Orca make it truly a special place for learning.

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This last week was sunny, fun, and full o’ bubbly beverages that the kids enjoyed a lot. There might have been a lil’ hose spraying too to stay cool.

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It was also a lil’ sad too because of all the great Orca students I have known forever moving on to different middle schools after 5th grade. All those kids got awesome tote bags & I sincerely hope they remember the Orca garden and their experience here! This was the first year too where I had known some kids from K-8th grade: the entire run. Bon voyage amazing kids! You will be missed!

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Most kids got cool Orca Garden & Kale Revolution prints if (if they didn’t get a tote) that we printed up on a screen press. They signed them and I hope they throw them up on a wall somewhere and enjoy them!

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Peace out y’all- it’s been a great year! Anthony (I) will be back for my 10th year (!!?!?!) next school year and we are already planning incredible units, themes, activities, and delicious foods to harvest. Stay cool & stay fresh!

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Calendula & Lavender Balm!

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We spent the week melting down beeswax & olive oil and combining the magical medicinal flower calendula w/ some lavender. Kids love carrying this pocket size balm around and being prepared for all the shenanigans that they get into.

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This balm can help heal scratches, bug bites, itches, chapped lips, and more! Calendula grows like a weed in our garden but it is a great smelling flower and pollinator also! The lavender was from both our garden and the neighborhood. We have collected it all on some nice walks around Orca this Spring.

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We got some time to dance a little too, celebrating the end of a fabulous year here at Orca!

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Seed bombs & guerilla clay creations

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We spent the week making incredible art and scientific creations that can turn any vacant lot or blank garden spot into a living area. Our fabulous art teacher Stacy hooked us up with 2 blocks of clay and we mixed them w/ Orca garden seeds to create these cool art/science hybrids.

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We used leaves, seeds, herbs, and anything we could find in the garden to augment the clay and turn it into living art. The seeds we harvested from the garden were beans, calendula, collard greens, fennel, and monster kale. Students took them home and hopefully planted them somewhere cool!

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