We finally broke ground in our garden today! 7/8 graders planted a new papaya forest in expanded "community garden" space. 3/4 graders planted a whole patch of kalo. 1/2 graders planted a raised bed full of cilantro and 5/6 graders built a trellis and then planted green beans along its base. Using drenched shredded office paper to define beds and make a "paper trail" for our feet was a big hit and will hopefully remind students to walk with careful feet instead of tromping through the garden.
We harvested and made the world's biggest batch of salsa with 24 third and forth graders with the cherry tomatoes from their lanai garden. Classroom lead teacher Ashley Hedeman brought onions and chips. I borrowed some cilantro from the jr. high garden. All children worked together to pick tomatoes. All chopped tomatoes, cilantro, onions; squeezed fresh lime, sprinkled salt, or dashed pepper. The hungry hungry gardner mostly grinded it all. They topped it all with a classroom writing project about process papers on "how to make salsa." Ms. Hedeman was already impressed with student's choices of vivid words.
Busy day in the garden today and a wonderful way to make good use of the new moon. Students were hardworking and diligent and excited to plant food.
Ms Krista says:
Everyday encounters with real garden sprites; tortuous panorama of the surf; old-growth collards; machete lessons; mantis rehab; pesto pasta. Days as a public school garden teacher on the Big Island are filled with unexpected gems of wisdom and infinite inspirations. Introducing my life as a school garden teacher...