This upcoming week will be centered around sharing the garden, in preparation for the Taste of the Harvest event this Saturday. Students will be able to form a sense of ownership of their garden through sharing recipes, snacks, and creating garden-based art to share their experiences in the garden with the community!
the Green Schoolhouse is up and running with Ms. Brynna over at Abernethy Elementary. The students have been getting to know their space, doing a little planting, some seed saving, and finding creative outlets as they explore what garden and outdoor education means in their setting.
Here’s a rundown of the week from Ms. Brynna! (want more information about the details of our activities? Just ask us: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our theme for the week was creating our own GAP garden using our combined knowledge about seeds, sun, soil, and water from the previous two weeks.
Monday– As a class we explored the Abernethy grounds, mapping where our current growing, playing, and learning spaces are, and scouting for our future garden site! Students made their own maps in teams and we discussed how we use various garden spaces, and what we would like to grow more of.
Tuesday– After letting our soil jar tests rest and settle for a week, we came back to investigate. Students examined the layers formed in our mason jars, and determined that our Abernethy soil is quite sandy! We tested using our senses of sight, smell, and touch, feeling the graininess of the sand layer versus clay and silt.
Wednesday– Students created and decorated their personal garden journals, which we will be using for projects, notes, and drawings throughout the year.
Thursday– Using the last of the garden’s summer corn, we shucked and saved corn husks for future cooking projects, and for making corn dolls in class this week!
Friday– We ended a great week by getting our hands in some dirt and planting fall starts. Students shared their knowledge and experience about seed planting, and as a group we started our own lettuce, chard, and spinach to snack on throughout fall and winter.