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, June 11, 2014

Final School Year Garden Club

Everyone took home a head of lettuce!

Today we hosted our final school year garden club. We thought it only fitting for the children to have a harvest/tasting party. The children harvested lettuce, spinach, kale, basil, oregano, and garlic scapes for smoothies and salads. The final harvest total for lettuce alone was 10 pounds! They also picked 1/4 pound each of spinach, kale, and garlic scapes. After harvesting, the children washed the produce then made their own salad dressings using fresh herbs and spices while another group made kale smoothies. My favorite quote of the day came after a child tasted the kale smoothie and said "it tastes like the garden!"
Harvesting Tango lettuce.
Harvesting Ruge De'Hiver lettuce
They really enjoyed picking the lettuce!
After spending time picking we brought everything back in, washed it and got to work!

We added pineapple, banana, water and dates to the kale and blended it in the NutriBullet blender.
The bright green drink looked as good as it tasted!

Mrs. Dyjak taught the children how to make their own salad dressing using oils, vinegars, lemon juice, garlic, herbs and spices.

The library where we were holding the "cooking session" smelled wonderfully of garlic, basil, balsamic, and oregano. One child commented that the salad they made "tastes better than Olive Garden!" Many of the children realized that making your own dressing was really very easy and asked their parents if they could try it at home. That right there makes this project worth the time and effort we put into it. When children realize that they not only like growing their own veggies but that it tastes better than what they have gotten in other places, my job is done. We will be hosting a summer session of the garden club as well where we will delve deeper into soil composition, beneficial insects, and how weather effects garden yields. Stay tuned for updates for that, but in the meantime, here are some glimpses of the garden that is just starting to flourish.

peas really starting to climb

pea blossom

wild iris

mini sunflower




Angie's boom chick pop popcorn (desperately needs to be weeded)

organic potatoes

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