November–December Garden Report

bcphoto 8Pumpkins, 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 make loaves of glorious pumpkin bread. One student put too much vanilla in, which made it even better.

mulchMulch spreaders needed! The Urban Ag class has worked hard and is almost finished putting down mulch in the upper garden. Mack Tree Company donated a second batch of mulch for the lower garden, and we need helpers to bring it in wheelbarrows from the playground to the garden. Email gardens@miravistaschool.com or drop a comment below if you can help out.

Both gardens are bursting with several different kinds of kale, bok choy, and Swiss chard. Ms. Rossi and her husband, Rick Spittler, brought in their camp kitchen gear and made pasta with Swiss chard, kale, basil, and onions. Many middle schoolers lined up for a second helping. Did you know that a serving of kale provides 96% of your daily vitamin A?

IMG_2992With the help of parent Barb Cavoto, Mrs. McLachlan’s third-grade class picked greens and enjoyed a sauté and a salad from the garden. If you would like to make a snack out of greens for your child’s classroom, there is plenty for all. Have you ever made kale chips? Yum!!

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School gardens in our community have been written up in the Journal of Education (School Garden article, Vol 194.3). The article discusses how school gardens promote healthier eating habits and environmental awareness and provide fertile soil for both local and global community building.

IMG_2874West County DIGS now has a greenhouse affiliated with Assemble Restaurant in Point Richmond where we can grow starts for all the gardens in West Contra Costa Unified School District. Our greens, cauliflower, and broccoli were started from seed in this greenhouse.

Enjoy the final days of fall, and come check out the changes winter is bringing to our gardens.

 

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