We’re still trying to figure out how this new model is going to work. It is cool to think the kids can grow carrots for the cafeteria, for example, but can the cafeteria use them. The head cook graciously praised the carrots and thanked me for bringing them. I later learned they can only use the carrots if we prewash them. Ours are actual cooking kitchens but the cooks do not have time for extra chores, i.e. scrubbing carrots.
This week another class harvested peppers and carrots. The peppers went to the cafeteria and carrots home with the kids.
We keep moving forward, slowly, but it would be great to have more parent volunteers to help the classes when they come out to participate in the gardens. I am working with a few classes for the time being to map our new processes but would greatly appreciate more minds and hands to define our new model. I hope more parents will step up and volunteer so we can involve more children.
Roberta PaoloComments Off on Peppers to the cafeteria and carrots to take home. 548
Mrs. Hobson’s 2nd-grade class came to help harvest carrots this week. Each student took time to examine and smell samples of carrot leaves before heading out to the locate them in the gardens.
After harvesting, students removed soil and twisted the tops off of the carrots. From this day forward, they will be able to identify carrot plants by smell alone. We delivered two five gallon containers of carrots to the elementary school cafeteria.
Next week, they’re harvesting more green peppers, green beans, and more carrots. You are invited to get involved helping teachers get their students involved. They say their greatest need is someone to take care of setting up before class and cleaning up afterward. Email Granny – Roberta@grannysgardenschool.org to find out more about how you can help.
Most people know that my grandchildren were the inspiration for Granny’s Garden School. Until three years ago, all five of my grandchildren lived nearby. The two older ones are now grown and married and the younger ones’ family moved to Washington state. Though we see each other whenever we can, there was a hole in my life.
I decided I was going to adopt a grandbaby. I was looking for a situation where mom and dad did not have family in town and would welcome a grandmother figure in their baby’s life. Then I met and fell in love with baby Charlotte. It turned out I was already acquainted with her mother but did not know she had married and had a baby. I now have Charlotte 3-4 days a week. She is a year old and in the last few weeks has gone from a baby to a toddler. She is with me in the gardens most days.
With her parent’s permission, I will be sharing some of our adventures in the gardens to encourage others to get their kids, hands on in the gardens.
Granny’s Garden School has been a successful, educational program in Loveland for 15 years serving as a role model for other school garden programs nationally. To sustain the program for our students and community, our method has evolved, but our mission and goals remain the same!
We will use the process of growing produce for the cafeteria to provide hands-on educational opportunities for Loveland Primary and Elementary students while also giving volunteers a chance to gain, enhance, share gardening knowledge.
Students will have the opportunity to plant, weed, harvest and be involved in the general upkeep of the gardens. Instead of individual classroom garden beds containing a variety of vegetables, we will now plant dedicated beds of single vegetables, i.e. lettuce, carrots, squash, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, and peppers. There will be an ongoing list of tasks to get done (e.g., plant carrot seeds in 2 garden beds, weed the cucumber patch, etc.). Teachers can sign classes up for those tasks that best support their educational goals.
Simplifying the gardening aspect of the program will allow teachers to focus on the educational process rather than the mechanics of gardening and make it easier for volunteers without gardening experience to assist.
Our new model requires less support staff and funding but will depend on greater participation from parents and the community for success. We have a core group of volunteers who make up our leadership team and are seeking others to grow and strengthen the program.
Call or text Roberta at 513-324-2873 to learn ways you or your group can get involved.
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