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Winter Wonder(ing) Land

As the temperature plunges in the SFC outdoor classroom, students are working doubly hard to stay warm and to heat up their intellectual curiosity. K/1 are honing their critical thinking minds and learning what it means to ask questions as they deepen their understanding of all the living and non-living things that make up the garden. 2/3 have worked tirelessly in preparation of their
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Kindergarten and 1st Grade Explore the Garden with “I wonder” questions…


Garden Workday, 11/23/13

Above: Teacher Ingrid works with Naomi to spread peanut butter on a pinecone. We had gorgeous weather today for our November Garden Workday- sunny, a little breezy, incredibly warm for the end of November! We thinned out some of our vegetable beds- the carrots and mustard are growing well but need more space to grow bigger. Unfortunately the bok choy was a little too
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Falling into Autumn in the Outdoor Classroom

The days are starting to get shorter but our work in the outdoor classroom is anything but slowing down. Our 7th and 8th graders beef up their carpentry and engineering skills, redesigning key garden infrastructure such as erosion control beds and our mobile hot houses. We have weeded out and cut up all the dead plant matter from the summer and fed it to
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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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