Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Trip to the Market

Part of what we hope to accomplish at the Dreamkeeper garden is to have our students appreciate the people who grow food and the places where it comes from. Over the last few weeks we've been taking our scholars to the Crescent City Farmer's Market to meet farmers, see their beautiful produce, and start to become familiar with the idea of local food.

This past week our 2nd graders arrived at the market around 11:30AM and received a quick orientation from Kelly, one of the market coordinators, before heading into the market.

Scholars walked around the market in small groups with their Dreamkeepers or family chaperones. They explored the different kinds of plants, herbs, and other food products and asked questions to farmers such as "What's your favorite vegetable?" or "How long does this take to grow?" Scholars recognized many of the vegetables from our garden such as broccoli, tomatoes, mustard greens, peppers, eggplants, and lettuce.

2nd graders viewing some herbs and flowers with their Dreamkeeper

Scholars completed two short assignments: first, draw a picture of a fruit or vegetable, and second, draw a picture of a farmer. When they finished their assignment they received a special treat: three satsumas to take home and enjoy!

2nd grade scholars talk about their market experience with Elisa, another market coordinator

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