We’ve been growing all summer long getting ready for the children to return in September. The scarlet runner bean teepee has now reached the top of the 15 ft bamboo poles! Cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, basil, kale, beans, zucchini, basil, cabbage, peppers, broccoli, ground cherries, pea sprouts and spinach… we’ll be ready for the classes, for garden tacos at the end of class, and also for deliveries to the cafeteria!
The pizza camps were great fun and quite delicious, with the children preparing the tomato sauce, pesto, dough, cheese and veggies they created the pizzas with.
Tuesday morning work parties will continue though the last Tuesday in August, and then… school begins!
Garden Pizza Camp was a tasty hit!
Over the past two sessions we worked hard to harvest and create garden pizzas from scratch. Camp started by making dream pizzas using modeling clay to get creative juices flowing. We played around with different colored sauces and all sorts of topping ideas with the clay. Everyone participated in making and gathering the pizza ingredients from harvesting the basil for pesto, tomatoes for pizza sauce and both peppers and squash for toppings. We even learned a song all about pizza!
The farm had two pizza circle beds that grew almost all of the necessary ingredients for making a pizza! In these beds we harvested our basil, pepper, and zucchini and the beautiful tomatoes came from the hoop houses where they are growing like crazy. We were just missing the wheat.
Karl, a professional baker who sells at the Bayview Farmers Market, taught us how to make pizza dough with both yeast and sour dough starter! We worked with both types of dough and hypothesized which one we would like better. We learned how to make paneer cheese from goat milk as a group. Everyone was amazed to watch the whey separate from the milk curds and realize how easy it would be to make at home. On Friday we had all hands on deck and created around 20 different pizza’s using our home made pesto, raw pizza sauce, cooked pizza sauce, our home made cheese and all of the amazing vegetables from the garden to top with.
The camp taught the kids about where pizza ingredients come from and everyone was very adventurous in trying all of the different recipes we worked with.
You really can’t beat eating fresh garden grown pizza outside in the sun paired with a fresh garden salad! We are lucky to have access to all of this fresh and healthy food. The school farm is here for the whole community to enjoy. If you have not yet attended please join us for our Tuesday morning work parties through August 30th.
The Goosefoot Community Fund has kicked off the fundraising for the School Farm and Garden Program for the coming school year… with a match from the Goose Grocer up to $30,000!
Donate on-line at goosefoot.org, or send a check to Goosefoot, PO Box 114, Langley, WA 98260. Thank you for your support!
Whidbey Island filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin of Moving Images have
created a short film about our School Farm and Garden Program! Aptly titled “Cultivating Kids” the film documents the classes, events and eating that the children at the South Whidbey Elementary School and Langley Middle School enjoy throughout the season at the School Farm and Middle School Garden.
South Whidbey families, teachers and staff are welcome to see the film on vimeo at this link https://vimeo.com/166718900 for a few weeks. The preview is here, and is a good way to spread the word: https://vimeo.com/17144375
Much appreciation to Melissa and Mark for this delightful and educational film which will be distributed nationally!
Moving Images also made the film Good Food about sustainable food and farming in the Pacific Northwest which was broadcast on PBS.
Tomatoes for Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN)
Summertime Gardening at the School Farm!
Tuesdays from 10 am – 12 pm with picnic lunch at noon
Enjoy salad from the garden and garden “tacos”
Bring your parents, grandparents, friends, and family members.
Help grow vegetables for the school and our community!
All ages and skill levels are welcome!
Join us at any time during the morning.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The School Farm is located at 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA.
To the south of the Elementary School, behind the South Whidbey Academy.
Questions? Contact Cary Peterson (360)-593-2725 or email email@example.com
Edible Seattle, a northwest magazine celebrating the seasonal bounty of Puget Sound, published an article titled “Learning by Taste” about our School Farm in their March/April issue. You can find it HERE. With the children so enthusiastic about farm fresh veggies, Edible Seattle was inspired to offer a free magazine to every child, teacher and staff at the Elementary School!
To support the school farm, Edible Seattle is offering a subscription fundraiser.
For every $21 annual subscription to the magazine, $11 will go to the School Farm. If you would like to subscribe and help support curriculum and growing fresh organic food for the children, please fill out the form HERE and mail to South Whidbey School District, 5520 Maxwelton Rd., Langley, WA 98260 with a check payable to SWSD.
Our appreciation to Edible Seattle for their coverage, their magazine, and a great way to raise money for the school farm while also sharing with us a good read about growing and eating!