Friday, January 21, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

On the first day of school this year every Chets Creek student planted a seed for a cold weather crop.  They tended and watered them as they germinated and began to sprout.  After 6 weeks, the ones that made it that far, were invited to plant them in our school's garden.  Our fifth graders really took this challenge to heart and weeded and watered our garden throughout the past months.  Each day the teachers and kids gave up parts of their recess to ensure that we cultivated a bountiful crop.  The fruits of their labor began to provide just before our Winter Break when they harvested beans.  Several students got to take the produce home and prepare it for their families.  I heard one student roamed door to door in his neighborhood looking for someone with butter he could use to cook them in! :)  This past week their rows of broccoli and cabbage were ready to be picked and I got to take home my own stalk of broccoli to eat.  The cabbage are some of the most gorgeous I've ever seen.  Our garden grows big and beautiful and the lessons our students have learned are limitless.  I'm so proud of our "Farmers" and their "Learning Cultivators"!  Next up is a spring planting.  I can hardly wait to see what grows next...

7 comments:

Suzanne said...

Yee Haw to our fifth grade students and teachers for their bountiful crop. Honestly, I'm no green thumb so I am quite impressed by their harvest. I'm sure that for a lifetime they will remember this wonderful experience.

Mrs. Patricia Wallace said...

Amazing! I do not have a green thumb. I'm sad to admit that a cactus didn't have a long life under my care. I've been checking out nurseries for ideas for a spring harvest. Now I know who to turn to for some guidance.

Carolyn Swidorsky said...

The seeds weren't the only things germinating out in our garden - I was amazed how some of my students who are extremely quiet in class, really became engaged in our outside classroom - our garden. They are so excited about our spring planting scheduled for the beginning of February. Gardening can be very therapeutic for the soul not to mention - rewarding for the stomach:o)

Maria Mallon & Cheryl Dillard said...

We are Green and Growing at CCE that is for sure! Mother Earth has provided crops for cold and warm weather and nothing tastes as good as veggies directly from the garden. Great job young cultivators!!MM

Anonymous said...

I have watched in awe as Carolyn Swidorsky's kids have carried water, pulled weeds and pruned plants for the last five months. To a few kids this really has become a labor of love, and it simply would not have happened without Carolyn's leadership and passion.

These kids have learned so many valauble lessons, and thay have had a blast as well. I don't think that is gets any better than that!

Peace,

T-Cubed

Anonymous said...

I have watched in awe as Carolyn Swidorsky's kids have carried water, pulled weeds and pruned plants for the last five months. To a few kids this really has become a labor of love, and it simply would not have happened without Carolyn's leadership and passion.

These kids have learned so many valauble lessons, and thay have had a blast as well. I don't think that is gets any better than that!

Peace,

T-Cubed

Melanie Holtsman said...

Kudos to Carolyn and class for remaining faithful and patiently tending these crops. I know the kids will never forget the lessons learned!