We looked at Jacobs' class bed and the children identified the vegetables that were growing: beets, carrots and sugar snap peas. (Both Fein's and Yoshida's beds have been ravaged by squirrels and will need to be squirrel-proofed with the assistance of parents before they are planted again.)
At the end of the lesson the children had a choice of arugula or chives to taste. (A couple of kids also had ripe strawberry guavas).
Thanks to Dana who volunteered with Ms. Yoshida's class. We are still looking for a volunteer for Ms. Fein's class.
At home I collect my vegetable waste, coffee grounds, egg shells in a small container and then place the contents daily in my compost bin.
If you wish to compost at home, you can purchase one of the above bins or make your own. LA City Dept. of Sanitation sells bins at a site in Griffith Park. This is their schedule: http://www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/recycling/composting/bin_sales_events.htm. LA County has Backyard Composting Workshops and sells bins such as the worm bin that we use at school. The local schedule is here: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/sg/wk_scheds.cfm.
At recess we had approximately 10 children who came to help compost and water in the garden. See photos below.
|Adding vegetables to the compost bin|
|Watering the plants in the butterfly garden|
|Chives in the butterfly garden|