Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Fruitful First Farmer's Market

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Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Willowbrook Farmer's Market was a huge success! Anneliese students did an amazing job selling organic produce and plant seedlings from their own garden during yesterday's market. From bright red chard and arugula bunches, to celery and zucchini, to bok choy and cilantro seedlings, we had plenty to offer our shoppers - and with great customer service too! Not only did students help people identify the different sale items and figure out their prices, but they also provided culinary and nutritional tips to those who needed inspiration and even bagged up purchases at the end. A big thank you to our Kiki, Ella, Taylor, Gavin, Milan, Christina, Sasha, Jack, Trey, and Louis for making a wonderful Farmer's Market Team!!! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Drying Herbs for the Farmer's Market

Next Thursday, December 18th, Anneliese will host a wonderful Farmer's Market event at the Willowbrook campus. 5th grade volunteers will help to sell all kinds of organic products from the Willowbrook garden, including Tea Jars filled with dried herbs such as lemon verbena, mint, lavender, and chamomile (pictured here). Don't miss out on this great opportunity to bring home the freshest goodies and support the School Garden Fund! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Harvest Sale 2014

The Anneliese Garden Team put on a mini Farmer's Market this week to welcome the fall season and all of its bounty. We sold fresh, organic cabbage, persimmons, and herb bouquets from the Willowbrook Garden, raising a total of $81 for the School Fund! A big thank you to the 2nd graders who helped harvest, wash, and assemble these edible goodies! 

A cross section

Of our beautiful and tasty trombetta squash.

Kindergarten 2

Can be seen here preparing some of the gardens trombetta squash for a quick pan fry in olive oil with salt and a touch of pepper.

The Kindergarten 2 classes

Learned about plants and the way the move water through their bodies by putting some white roses in jars with colored water and watching for the results.

Frau Conny's class

Was doing some outdoor arithmetic this week collecting and counting the leaves from our garden.

5th grade

Here we have Mr. Mikes class making Wontons.

Kindergarten 1

Here Frau Annita's class enjoys some persimmons from the tree in the garden.

Kale wraps

Here fifth graders eat a well prepared batch of rice, beans, avocado, red peppers, lime and cilantro all wrapped in some freshly harvested kale leaves.

2nd grade

Learned about different types of insects and they ways they feed themselves. Here a student demonstrates the piercing sucking mouthparts of a mosquito.

3rd Grade

The beginnings of a green goddess smoothie.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nursery Kids Love Compost!

Today, Andy brought several bins of compost to the nursery playground to build a new garden bed! The youngins had a blast shoveling out the compost and adding it to the soil, where they will soon grow snap peas, lettuce, chard, and late season carrots. Some of the teachers said they have never seen these kids so calm and focused, which only reminded the garden team about the importance of connecting with nature at a young age. 

~Jaynie Loeb
SEEDS Grant Recipient 

2nd graders

You can call this the weeding games. We learned how to recognize and remove the dreaded supervillian of the garden, grass weeds.

Kindergarten 1

Here is a group of kindergartens working together to deliever some heavy compost to one of our beloved fruit trees.

Food miles in Fourth grade

This is the research portion of a food transportation miles lesson that Miss Laurens class began two weeks ago.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

2nd grade

Here we have students helping to build a green wall with Boston Ivy

Here we have a K2

Student planting brigade, heading over to the playground to start a sunflower bed across from the bunny enclosure and rose garden.

5th graders

Are pictured here training one of our  Boysenberries vines to climb vertically.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Third graders

Here we have the third grade thinning out some of our bountiful peach and nectarine harvest. This involves taking the extra fruit off of the tree before ripening occurs. If you are wondering why we do this ask a third grader.

First graders

Here we are harvesting fresh Marjoram to dehydrate and store for a later use.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Apple pie lesson

Here is first grades apple pie before it was baked. The students learn about local food sources by making a pie with in season fruit.

The 4th grade bio accumulation lesson

Each jacket represents a dose of ddt in the food chain with the pinnacle predator represented in this photo.