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.

HundredthDayofSchool

Herbal Sachets
The Garden Girls and Ms. Rossi helped Ms Janora’s 1st grade class make herbal sachets for each student. Students learned about and smelled a variety of herbs and spices – lavender, mint, fir, cedar, orange peels, cinnamon, cloves, sage, rose petals.They learned about some of the uses of herbs for healing. They picked herbs that they liked and tied them up in little pouches of beautiful material donated by a neighbor. If you have any herbs that can be dried or fabric scraps, this is an ongoing project that the students love and connects them to nature in a multisensory lesson. We plan to grow many herbs in both our gardens. Students from Ms King’s class and Mr. Wallacher also joined the Garden Girls and Ms. Rossi to make sachets in the Learning Center.

sachet making
Eating Healthy Food
Ms. Janora’s, Ms. Spafford’s, Ms. King’s and Mr. Lackey’s classes, with the aid of Garden Girls, harvested the vegetables that they had grown in their planter boxes. Broccoli, kale, romanesco, and lettuce were simply washed and cut into small pieces and dipped in Annie’s ranch dressing — and the students could not get enough. This is a great and nutritious snack idea that our students love. Parents walking by were stunned at how kids were eating vegetables with such delight! Mrs. MacLachlan and Mr. Lucas, with help from parent Barbara Cavoto, also harvested and cooked with greens
greens
Students took home garden vegetables and one Garden Girl made pasta with greens for her family.

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Growing Strong Starts
We gathered at WC DIGS Greenhouse at Assemble Restaurant in Point Richmond to grow plant starts for many of our WCCUSD school gardens. Contact Graciella.i.rossi@gmail.com for more info. And check out the WC DIGS website to learn more about how school gardens are growing and thriving all over the district.

DIGS
Teachers from WC DIGS hosted a sachet Making table at the Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service on the Richmond Greenway to promote our work of building school gardens in WCCUSD.

Jamba Juice Event – April 2, 2015
Mira Vista will be presented with a check from Jamba Juice to purchase garden supplies at 2:30 pm. Please join Jamba Juice volunteers from 10 am to 5 pm to help build storage sheds and maintain our garden. We really need your help to prepare the gardens for the unique and exciting learning opportunity that they provide for Mira Vista students. No experience necessary – just be prepared to lend a hand and have fun. Please email gardens@miravistaschool.com if you are able to join us. And stay tuned for our next post that will have more details about the event.

And don’t forget that March is National Nutrition Month, when we focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. What better way to do that than reaping the benefits of Mira Vista’s Gardens!

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