June 2017 Update
Cornucopia teachers Kathleen Bigford, Lauren Judd, and Cathy Joly enjoyed a glorious sunny and breezy day with the students, and we were all thrilled to discover that the Mayflies were past!
The kindergarten and first grade students explored the garden to discover all kinds of leaves and stems; there was quite a range, from the tall asparagus stems, to the fuzzy tomato leaves, to the tiny, curled pea shoots. The second graders examined the results of their growth experiments – the seeds that were not watered didn’t sprout, the seeds that received water and sunlight grew very well, and surprisingly the seeds that were watered but did not have sunlight still grew almost a foot tall! The third graders planted cucumbers and built a trellis for the plants to climb, and they very carefully thinned out the calendula and tomato plant that self seeded from last year, lest they overwhelm the garden. And the fourth graders carefully measured and mixed a delicious maple-mustard salad dressing that will be enjoyed by everyone next week on our celebration salad. Then they picked some fresh greens from the garden to test the dressing, just to be sure!
May 2017 Update
These spring rains are really helping the garden sprout and grow! Cornucopia teachers Kathleen Bigford, Lauren Judd, and Cathy Joly returned to find lots of pea shoots happily poking through the soil, along with lots of calendula and nasturtiums that reseeded from last fall!
The kindergarten students learned about the parts of a plant and their functions, and then pretended to BE a plant! The first graders enjoyed a scavenger hunt, finding all the things that plants need to grow, while helping a very sad and drooping “bean plant” become happy and healthy. The second graders checked in with their growth experiments from two weeks ago, then they examined soil samples gathered from different locations to see the different ingredients that make up soil. The third graders learned how to plant potatoes by creating a grid on the bed, learning about the potato “eyes”, and digging deep so the potatoes can be covered with soil little by little. The fourth graders compared the taste of organic and conventional lettuces from near and far, and engaged in a great discussion about how they were grown and transported and the impact of all of that on flavor.
Everyone braved the black flies and continued with planting — morning glories and scarlet runner beans around the teepee, more lettuce and kale seedlings, potatoes, and lots of marigolds which will hopefully deter some of the bugs that eat our garden!
DCS has 7 raised beds, a sapling teepee, one in-ground bed and a compost bin for students in grades K through 4. Much of the garden produce is used in the school cafeteria.