Corner Garden Highlights - Fall 2014 by Becky Pelton
Colorful Garden Shed - The garden shed was stenciled with vibrant fruits and veggies by Ms Gannon's high school art classes. Students and staff put their hand prints in black paint on the shed. Ms. Gannon's elementary classes used pole beans from the garden as models in their classroom drawing and painting assignments.
Chris Thompson's Farm - The fourth grade students went to Chris Thompson's farm for a local field trip in September. Students helped pull onions and dig potatoes. Chris sent students home with bags of produce to sample with their families including potatoes and carrots. He also donated a 22-pound cabbage.
Giant Cabbage Guessing Contest - Students grades K-3 guessed the weight of the giant 22 pound cabbage donated to the school by Chris Thompson. Of all the guesses, two kindergarten students came the closest. They each received a Super Hero ABC book donated by our school librarian, Ms. Long. Mr. Geiger is hacking away at the giant cabbage to make coleslaw.
Pre K students helped with garden chores during Motor-Speech Group - Ms. Noonan, Mrs. Tebo and Mrs. Pelton created a lesson to include educational, movement, and speech and language goals for pre K students. The four year-old students raked leaves, tilled compost into the garden beds and harvested mint and chives. Pre K students also had a scavenger hunt in the garden. Students were shown pictures of shapes or plants found in the garden and they searched for the shape or plant. Students were also given a number and challenged to find something of given number within garden.
Third Annual Carrot Tasting Contest - Students thinned carrots (fourth grade), pulled carrots (pre K through third grade), tasted carrots (pre K through sixth grade) part of the third annual Carrot Tasting Contest. The colorful carrots we planted in July, during summer school, were a dud. They were unable to compete in the contest. We did have fun pulling them from the garden (second and third grade).
INFORMATION AND RESULTS OF CARROT TASTING CONTEST
The Corner Garden Committee held their Third Annual Carrot Tasting Contest Wednesday October 22nd in honor of Food Day. Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement toward healthy, affordable, sustainable food. Food Day was created to help solve food related problems in our homes, on our farms, in our schools and in our communities.
Carrots being sampled were grown here in Long Lake including our own Corner Garden carrot and the Curt-in-Short carrot, from Mrs. Curtin and Ms. Short's Long Lake Garden. Students described the taste of each carrot contestant and choose which carrot they like best.
Corner Garden carrot (16 votes) descriptive words: good (3), yummy (5), soft, healthy, sweet (9), crunchy (6), much sweeter, kind of regular/kind of sweet, wet, sour, delicious (2), awesome, fabulous, sweet/tastes like dirt, really sweet, thick, sour-ish, sweet-ish, munchy, juicy (2), cold, a little bit crunchy, don't like it, nummy, the juice is good, don't like the feeling on my teeth, don't like that one either
Curtin-Short carrot (12 votes) descriptive words: not good and good, tastes like dirt, tastes healthy, sweet (10), a little sweet, sour (3), delicious (2), crunchy (3), healthy, dirt, soft, sugary, good (3), really good, can't stop eating it, juicy, carrot, kind of dry, a little colder, kind of sweet, pretty yummy, hard, tasty, hot, don't like it, don't like the feeling on my lip, soapy taste, a little spicy, weird, not as sweet as the other one
It was a close contest!
New this year:
* Three refusals
* Two "don't like it" s
Overall, LLCS students liked carrots that are sweet.
All but one student had pulled carrots from a garden. That student will have the opportunity to pull the last of the colorful carrots this week.
This is a list of items we need for the garden.
Companion planting probably began when early gardeners noticed that some plants seemed to grow best when planted next to certain other plants. There is some science to back up this lore, but many still consider companion planting to be mostly unproven. Of course, gardeners can always try it to see if it works!
1. Children will begin to understand where their food comes from and be a part of the physical process of growing and harvesting food.
2. Children will gain a sense of the life cycle of plants and insects and the interconnectedness of all organisms.
3. Spending time in the garden will allow children to develop a strong connection to the natural world, and a future interest in protecting it.
Food should be healthy. Affordable. And produced with care for the environment; the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it; and farm animals. But too often, our food system puts those
ideals out of reach. Our diets often cause more harm than good for ourselves and our environment, and many people donít have the
money to eat a healthy diet. Thatís where Food Day comes in. Food Day is a nationwide celebration on October 24th and a movement toward healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day is a grassroots campaign to help solve food-related problems in our homes, on our farms, in our schools, and in our communities. Together we can build better food policies and a stronger, more united food movement. Join the movement thatís changing the way America eats ó visit FoodDay.org!
Garden Committee minutes from 5/21/11
May 2011 LLCS newsletter entry