Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Garden Class for Everyone? No problem!

After weeks of experimenting, a 4th grade scholar found a way
to get monarch butterflies to climb on his fingers!
This year for the first time the Dreamkeeper Garden is able to offer classes to every single scholar at Langston Hughes Academy.  You read that right, every single one!  Because of scheduling changes this year and expanded specials offerings, the garden team has been able to offer garden classes to Middle School scholars with three daily electives.

The next few posts will offer a glimpse into each of our classes, all the way from Kindergarten to 8th grade.  Today we'll begin with our 4th and 5th grade daily elective class.

The scholars in this class chose garden as their elective at the beginning of the first trimester, and we see them every day except Wednesdays.  This elective gives students the opportunity to get in-depth knowledge of the skills and science of organic gardening.

Chopping compost is more fun with a friend.
On Mondays and Tuesdays we might learn about different types of seeds, or perhaps how best to propagate different vegetables and ornamental plants.  Every Thursday we travel to Dillard University to work with botany students in their campus greenhouse (more on that later!) and every Friday we harvest vegetables, chop discarded fruit for compost, and prepare a healthy garden snack.

By the end of the trimester, scholars will know how to start their own garden from scratch, and have a few neat tricks for preparing the food they've grown.  For the first time, we're able to offer the kind of seed-to-table experience that we've been dreaming about for years!

At the end of a hard week's work, scholars enjoy some guacamole!

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