April Garden News

From Graciella Rossi

It brings me great joy to update you on the school gardens. We hope you will join our efforts to provide these wonderful hands-on experiences for our students.

You may have noticed that the orchards are looking great!  We have received help from Master Gardeners, Idell Wedemeyer, and Molly and Ken Ong with pruning.  A team of 18 educators from a program, Common Vision, spent a glorious day with us, maintaining all the trees weedwhacking, putting down mulch, fixing the irrigation and helping with the gopher problem. They worked with students in small groups teaching them about the garden and making signs for the trees. Special thanks to Hector Ruiz, Barbara Cavoto and neighbor Jennifer Krishnan have been helping in the garden on a regular basis.

I started a Garden Girls program with students from 2nd to 7th grade.  Every Tuesday and Wednesday after lunch we work on garden projects.  We made a fabulous pasta with greens meal from the garden and herbal tea with orange juice from the garden. Most recently, we are testing the soil to determine the levels of PH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. Volunteers are needed to supervise projects.

We have received donations of soil, compost and plants from West County DIGS, Master Gardeners and various sources. The Garden Girls have planted healthy starts of broccoli, carrots, strawberries, chard, lettuce and flowers and more to come. We will be studying dry farming and techniques for dealing with the drought.

Work Days – On April 28, from 9 am to 12, there will be 12 volunteers from Jamba Juice to help us gopher proof the planter boxes.  We could use your help if you have a Monday morning. We could also use help any day during or after school when you have time.

On Tuesday, May 27, at 1 p.m., we will have Food Festival with the American Heart Association.  The Mira Vista Garden Girls will show other students how to make healthy salads from the garden. American Heart is providing the food and recipes and will purchase plants based on the recipes.  We will get lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, garlic etc for next year’s crop. Again, we could really use your help on this day supporting our students.

Please join us in the fun and dynamic teaching environment of the gardens.  We are connecting with nature, science, math and literature in a meaningful way.  We are learning to eat nutritious food. In fact, to celebrate 2 student birthdays, we chose to eat a glorious garden salad instead of cake.  It was delicious!

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