Please watch this fantastic video the wonderful folks at Andrew Jackson Elementary made to raise $5k for the Seed to Table program at their school!
We are honored and excited to announce that the Garden School Foundation has been awarded a 1-year, $25,000 grant from the S Mark Taper Foundation. This grant will allow us to continue our Seed to Table program at our 5 elementary school sites in Los Angeles. For more information about the S Mark Taper Foundation, please visit: http://www.smtfoundation.org/
The Garden School Foundation’s City Seedlings Summer Camp is an invigorating, holistic weeklong program encompassing elements of nature exploration, cooking, science, gardening and art! City Seedlings Campers will spend a week in our beautiful 1-acre kitchen garden and outdoor laboratory in the Historic West Adams neighborhood. Campers spend each morning planting, harvesting, and preparing lunch fresh from the garden; and each afternoon making garden crafts, playing games, exploring the wonders of nature, and forming new friendships!
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When working in a garden or lounging around on a park bench, one might start to notice the beautiful life cycle of our winged insects. Our students are especially experts at finding our insect friends. While harvesting tomatoes for our Pico De Gallo recipe with our first graders we made a huge discovery: a three-inch long Hornworm Caterpillar chewing on our tomato leaves!
Oh my! These moments allow us to slow down and explore the garden more closely. What else might be crawling under the leaves or cocooning up to transform into a moth or butterfly? Who are these crawling creatures in our gardens and who do they become?
The Sun's energy is the basis for all life, starting with photosynthesis in plants eventually moving up through the food web to humans. At Rockdale Elementary, we have been using the sun's energy for a much different purpose in the after school Solar Cooking Club. Students are exploring the usage of the sun's energy to cook food through the construction of model solar ovens and the use of a solar oven kit. Solar ovens use highly reflective surfaces, bent at specific angles, to reflect and concentrate the sun's energy on a certain point. This heats up a covered box where food is placed for cooking. Thus far students have enjoyed learning more about this alternative form of cooking and the mechanics behind it.