It's tomato time! We harvested a LOT of cherry tomatoes along with some red onions from our Garden, added in fresh cilantro and lime to make this extremely satisfying Salsa Fresca. Yum!
This week our gardeners learned how composting works here in our Garden. We take plant parts that we no longer need in the garden and turn it into healthy soil to dress into our planting beds. Students divided up in different areas to work to break down plant matter to add to our pile.
Who says kids don't like kale? If they grew it themselves and they mix it together with some other yummy ingredients, they love it! We made this excellent kale salad this week with both curly and dino kale from our garden as well as our own apples. Add in quinoa, craisins, sliced almonds, and mix with balsamic vinagrette.
It's back to school and that means getting our pathways and planting beds covered with a new layer of fresh ramial wood mulch. Thanks to Remy and Ben at local SF tree company ArboristNOW for delivering this pile for our students to spread. It's always a great way to start the year and get the students familiar with the garden.
Our little pond ecosystem is really coming along! Our mosquito fish are reproducing fast and are keeping the mosquitoes from hatching. They are also helping control algae growth. 11th grader Tyler helped us out by donning the waders and removing some unwanted items in the pond and working to reset our aquatic potted plants which blow over in strong wind. Thanks Tyler!
What teenager doesn't love French Fries? We dug up about 30 potatoes in our Garden, washed them good, and sliced them up. Some students took on the task of heating the oil and frying up the potatoes, and the rest of us did some chores around the garden until they were ready. Toss with salt, a little minced rosemary from our Garden, and dip in ketchup! Yum!
TruFabricator helped us out constructing the latest addition to our plant propagation facilities here in our Garden. Through a grant from Lowe's Toolbox for Education, we were able to purchase the materials for this little box which will add a new protected area to germinate seeds and grow seedlings outside. The windows are from a salvage yard and the lumber is chemical-free and rot-resistant redwood, sustainably harvested!