In times of unrest, it is often children who bring joy to our lives. Their insatiable curiosity and boundless sense of wonderment reminds us to live in the present. Children themselves, however, are often unaware of the power of their collective and individual voices. Here at Garden School Foundation, we empower children to trust and value their own voices.
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As Ms. Gomez’s first grade students walk into the GSF classroom at Grand View Elementary School, they are immediately greeted by the sweet scent of fresh-cut limes and cilantro. It is the last cooking class of the day, and the students eagerly take their seats as Ms. Kathryn, the garden coordinator, describes the recipe they will make: pico de gallo.
Outside the windows, students can see the school’s newest garden, a lush courtyard filled with raised beds of leafy greens and herbs. In this class, as in many of our lessons, the students will harvest these ingredients from the school garden.
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Our Pico de Gallo is a simple, delicious dish that we make every year with our 1st Grade classes. The recipe is always a crowd favorite. Have some fun in the kitchen this afternoon with your kids and try our fresh Pico de gallo for yourself.
Morning is one of the most pleasurable times of day to spend in the garden. In the morning, the garden is quiet, flooded with sun, damp with dew, and the heat of the day has yet to rise. On one such sunny morning, I meet with Yenny, an intern at GSF, to ask her a few questions about her experience working in the 24th Street Elementary Garden.
As we talk, Yenny waters a row of carrots, weeds a bed of basil, and prepares a patch of dirt for a new crop of onions. The sun rises above us as she works the pitch fork. The soil yields. Yenny picks sun gold tomatoes. They are her favorite vegetable. “I love how sweet they are,” she says, “especially when they’re warm from the sun.” Earlier in the summer, Yenny helped plant these tomatoes. “One of the most inspiring things about gardening,” she says, “is that you’re creating all the time.” She feels satisfied whenever she sees the plants that she has nurtured prosper. “Even when it seems as if the world isn’t flourishing, the garden always is.”