January 2015 Garden Update

It has been the season of greens — kale, chard, bok choy, broccoli and romanesco (also called broccoflower, a combo of broccoli and cauliflowerthat looks like a jewel), as well as being awarded 2 grants to help the gardens flourish!

broccoflower

Kale is a leafy green, cruciferous vegetable that is chock-full of essential vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.

Parent support is needed to prepare garden vegetables for the classrooms. We have been preparing kale salad, kale chips and more pasta with greens. The Kale Chips were a big hit! Even people who do not like kale asked for the Flawless Kale Chips Recipe.

If you have the time and interest please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Rossi. Ms. Spafford’s class ate broccoli that they planted in the garden with dip, and they also made delicious kale smoothies. Ms. King’s class made a salad from their garden bed. Ms. Janora is getting ready to plant an herb garden. Ms. McLachlan’s class has made fritattas several times with parent garden volunteer, Barbara Cavoto. Ms. Rossi’s Learning Center students made estimations of number of seeds in a sunflower head and then counted the seeds in rows of fives on a graph on the 100th day of school. One head had 2,350 seeds!

Planting the Seeds

Please join us to plant seeds at the West County DIGS Greenhouse at Assemble Restaurant in Point Richmond on February 9 from 4 – 6 p.m. During this lovely event, we will plant seeds that will be the starts that we plant in March, and eventually the vegetables we eat at Mira Vista in April and May. Contact gardens@miravistaschool.com for more info.

Ms. Rossi’s program, The Garden Girls program has started for its second year. Garden Girls are researching herbs and their uses, helping several classes in the garden and to make sachets out of dried herbs, maintaining the garden and planting new crops. Recently, we made Pasta with Garden Greens and Parsley for Mr. Lackeys’ Literacy class. Students scraped the pot and asked for more. This elective class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:55 – 2:45 p.m. and still has openings. We are accepting applications! Contact Ms. Graciella Rossi.

Please Help!

As the weather warms, we can use your help in the garden. Please stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Upper Garden if you have time to spare. And stay tuned for our spring garden work party in April with Jamba Juice. Date to be announced soon!

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