The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Boom Chicka Pop.

We are so grateful to Angie's Boom Chicka Pop. for their generous donation of a garden cart and organic popcorn seeds! The children were so excited to hear we are planting Boom Chicka Pop in the school garden. If all goes well we can enjoy it during the school's movie nights in the fall! Check out this link to see how you can get your own Boom Chicka Pop. to grow.

As usual it was a busy and productive day in the Garden. Mrs. Dyjak taught a lesson about the number of steps it takes to get most produce that is bought at the supermarket to our tables. Using bananas as an example the children realized it takes more than 6 steps to get bananas to our tables. This process wastes valuable resources like fuel and the produce isn't even at it's peak freshness when it reaches our tables. This means we aren't getting the full intended nutritional benefit from food that is shipped here from far away.

Whereas, if we eat food right from our own garden it takes two steps to get it to the table, we can let it naturally ripen to get the most nutritional benefit, and there is less waste because we pick as we need it from the garden. It is always ready, always perfectly fresh.

After this lesson the children got right to work getting the newly dug beds ready to plant.

I have to say this group of children LOVES getting their hands dirty, so the beds were ready for planting in no time! It's easy to see that they are very interested in what they are doing and know that their hard work reaps huge rewards.

After the beds were cleaned out they got to work planting Angie's Boom Chicka Pop. popcorn seeds as well as Vermont Red Kernel popcorn seeds from Solstice Seeds in Hartland, Vermont. Some children didn't realize popcorn came from actual seeds and can't wait for harvest!

After all that hard work the children got to check for progress in the garden.

The peas have almost reached the first support. Soon we'll have to add strings for them to climb.

The garlic and leeks are over a foot tall! Waiting for harvest will be rough.
The spinach, kale and chard are just starting to make the smallest appearance. Still waiting to see signs of the carrots, beets and chives. Waiting is the hardest part. After progress checks the children had a few minutes to reflect on today's lessons and do some journaling.

Our perennial bed is starting to fill in nicely. The children were able to add their creations from last week's rainy day project to the fairy houses. 

We lost most of our crew early this week to various spoprts practices and games. However, we managed to keep a couple to help us plant the three height sunflower beds.

Great teamwork!
It seems like we will have to wait forever until the veggies are ready. Nothing teaches patience quite like a garden. As anxious as I am for the children to be able to taste the sweet results of their hard work, I know in due time they will be able to.

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