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Community Garden Mural Project, Painting this Sunday!

Over the past four months the after school program has been working on a community garden mural. The theme for the mural is our garden habitat and the life cycle. Here Carmela is drawing a picture of a girl harvesting a strawberry.  All the students chose images from the garden that they wanted to include in the mural. They practiced drawing them and then
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A Day on the Farm! Garden Stewards Field Trip

      Last Friday the Garden Stewards Program had the opportunity to explore two different urban farms within just a few miles of our school.   Our first stop was at the School Farm at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. The School Farm is run by a The Ecology Center of San Francisco, http://www.eco-sf.org/. Farmer Sam gave us a tour of the
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Exploring Soil!

We have been diving deep into the wonderful world of soil! The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade made soil horizon jars using different layers to create a mini soil terrarium. The jar resembles the layers of the earth. We collected rocks, sand, clay and topsoil from the garden and planted cover crop seeds on top. K-2 explored the different parts and pieces that make
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Garden on a Cracker

K-2 had fun last month designing their own garden on cracker. We used cream cheese as the soil and harvested different plant parts from the garden like cauliflower, fava bean leaves, nasturtium flowers, mint leaves and sprinkles of sunflower seeds. This lesson teaches that healthy snack choices can be fun as well as inspiring the students to use plants as art.  

Seed to Table: Nutrition in the Garden

  The past two weeks we have been learning about nutrition and making healthy and fresh recipes with ingredients from the garden. With new and healthier school lunches arriving this month from Revolution Foods, it seemed appropriate to focus on nutrition. We learned how to read nutrition labels and talked about the difference between processed and whole foods. All classes had the opportunity to
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Homemade Vegetable Stamp Wrapping Paper

  K-3 are using brown paper grocery bags to design their own holiday wrapping paper using different fruit and vegetable stamps during garden. To decorate our wrapping paper we are using potato stamps made with different shapes like hearts, stars, gingerbread people, apples and onions. This activity sparks conversation around where paper comes from, and how important is it to create less waste and
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Exploring Plants!

There is so much to know about our fellow plants and what better place to learn about them but in the garden! This fall season we learned about plant life cycles and searched for squash, corn and beans among the sunflowers. As winter approaches the rains bring lush green lettuce and nasturtium flowers that we harvest for our plant part salads. All the students
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Pancake Breakfast Success!

Thanks to all the families and students who participated in the garden activities at the Pancake Breakfast! Flower pot and pumpkin painting, button making and face painting all helped us raise $100 for the garden program. A big THANK YOU to  Veritable Vegetable for donating the big beautiful pumpkins! We are looking forward to more garden fun for the next Pancake Breakfast in February!
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Family Garden Work Day! This Sunday, November 18th

Our garden has been looking fantastic this fall thanks to all the families who have come out to support for our Family Garden Workdays! During our September workday we installed new straw borders donated from White Cap Construction. For our October workday we painted did a lot of weeding and painted our cob oven with natural paints. Our next workday will be this Sunday,
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