What’s New?

A big thank you to the great construction company, McGuire and Hester, for building a cement platform to house a new DIGS greenhouse and school shed. This act of generosity will allow DIGS to provide plant starts to more than 20 schools.

 

And thanks to our new garden intern and MV parent […]

Garden Update

Our teachers had a great garden meeting today. They made a Power Snack and plans for spring planting. Every Friday will be a workday with a class, which means we can use helpers (particularly on Friday afternoons, but any other day or time, too). Please contact our awesome garden coordinator, Graciella Rossi, if you […]

Check out the garden report

Mira Vista’s Mid-Year Progress Report for the school garden program is here! Take a look.

What We Do Here

Here’s a quick rundown of garden news and activities from last spring.

Teacher Training and Leadership

Ms. Rossi attended Life Lab’s UC Santa Cruz Growing Classroom Workshop, learning hands-on, garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards.

Ms. Janora and Ms. Rossi attended the 2015 Healthier Generation […]

February Fun in the Garden

The weather is warming up and our garden continues to grow. Here are a few of the activities that sprouted up in February.

100th Day of School

To celebrate the 100th day of school, students practiced math in the garden. They counted sunflower seeds by fives and learned that one sunflower head had 2,350 seeds.

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November–December Garden Report

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! We grew more than a dozen big pumpkins in both gardens this year and have been making pumpkin bread in Ms. Rossi’s Learning Center and Mr. Lackey’s Urban Ag class. Fourth-grade students practiced reading the recipe, learned about fractions and measurement, studied the nutritional value of pumpkins, and followed the directions to […]

October Garden News: Third Harvest

As we move deeper into autumn and toward winter, the Mira Vista gardens are still very busy and full of life. Winter crops have been planted, classes are learning about agricultural cycles, and students and their families continue to enjoy an abundant harvest.

New Plant Starts for the Winter Gardens

At the West County DIGS […]

September News: In the Classroom

September was a very busy month for the Mira Vista gardens. Teachers visited both gardens and discussed ways to incorporate garden learning into the curriculum. Ms. Rossi presented them with some lessons on tomatoes (and some tomatoes). Nearly every class spent some time in the garden, and students harvested more than just fruits and […]