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What’s cooking in the SFCS garden?

orange calendula, green lettuce and blood red beets are just a few of the colorful ingredients that students harvested.

Orange calendula, green lettuce and blood red beets are just a few of the colorful ingredients that students harvested.

Rainbow salad and fried rice with garden veggies were the first recipes we tested in the outdoor classroom and it was a HUGE success. Students worked together like a kitchen full of professional chefs, harvesting, washing, chopping, shredding, measuring, mixing and serving a colorful and flavorful bounty of school grown, nutritious and delicious delights.

Rita displays one of the crop signs before finding it in the garden.

Rita displays one of the crop signs before finding where to harvest in the garden.

We will be cooking out of the garden once a month and would love families to come join in the fun, share your family recipes with us and try some garden cooking at home. If you would like to add some local flavor to your home cooking, please come harvest from the garden on our garden work day this Saturday, Feb 1st or contact me if you cannot make it then.

Sammy and Yolanda made garden bouquets as a thank you to their dedicated teachers.
Sammy and Yolanda made garden bouquets as a thank you to their dedicated teachers.

An Amazing Array of Animal Activity

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Kindergarten and 1st grade are exploring the wilder side of the garden as they delve into their Animals unit. Whether exploring the diversity of insect and bird life in the garden (see Red Tailed Hawk below),

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or creating their own magnificent creatures complete with large hearts for pumping blood and oxygen and claws for protecting themselves and grabbing necessary food. These scientist and inventors are grappling with some pretty complex material. Now is a great time to explore the wild world of animals at home too.

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This spider-like creature has 8 legs to climb, crawl, weave webs and feed itself.

An Amazing Array of Animal Activity The ladybugs are out in full force. They are battling and eating the aphids who, without the help of our valiant beneficial insects, would consume all of our fava bean plants. Come observe this epic battle in the borage and calendula bed (the first as you enter the garden).

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I am very excited to be the new Education Outside, Outdoor Classroom Corps Member at the amazing San Francisco Community School. Please email me or, even better, stop in the garden any time to see what is happening and how you can get involved. *** About Us: Education Outside is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that transforms school gardens into dynamic outdoor classrooms where learning comes to life. Learn more about our Corps for Education Outside at www.educationoutside.org. Interested in learning more about Education Outside? Follow us on Twitter: (http://www.twitter.com/eduoutside) Like us on Facebook: (http://www.facebook.com/educationoutside)

 

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