We're always experimenting with plant propagation in Gardening class. This week students took their three-week old seedlings and carefully and lovingly transplanting them into larger containers, encouraging root and leaf growth. Great job everyone!
The first gathering of our after-school Garden Club was a lot of fun. Mr. Tillis led some students in cooking some spicy Indian curry rice with tofu, made with onions, tomatoes, parsley, and other ingredients from our garden. 12 students showed up and we're excited to keep meeting every week to cook new dishes as learn some gardening techniques.
Part of our mission with our school gardening program is to teach about healthy and nutritious eating. Every week or two we make a meal with fresh ingredients from our garden. This week we made a colorful, tasty lentil salad, with cherry tomatoes, onions, and parsley from our garden.
In San Francisco we are fortunate to be able to grow plants all year! Students were recently given a lesson on seed germination, then tried their hand at sowing some produce and flower seeds indoors. We'll keep them indoors for a few weeks and then transplant them, either into larger pots or right into our garden.
We are fortunate to share our campus with another great educational organization: KIPP Middle School. This year we are continuing our collaboration, as our high school Garden Club students help mentor and assist KIPP's after-school Garden Club. Always a treat to see the "big kids" getting to show off their gardening knowledge to the middle schoolers!