It may be raining and snowing, but the school farm season begins in January when the students return from winter break. Here are some of our January highlights, designed for low light and cold outside, and growing lights inside! Click on the photos to make them full size.
The second graders planted peas that will be put out in February. Planting on the edges of the clear repurposed plastic containers allows the students to see the roots growing. Betsy Hofius’s students are measuring their growth.
All the students started paperwhites (narcissus) in their classrooms… another opportunity to watch roots and stems growing, and better understand what is happening with the daffodil and tulip bulbs that will shortly be sprouting out of the ground.
The weather has been nothing but atrocious with non-stop rain, but it’s always fun to see the farm covered in snow. The students covered our precious carrots with straw before the snow and freezing temperatures came.
After the snow week, we went out and chopped up and flipped over cover crops, both outdoors and in our smaller hoophouse. The cover crops, also known as green manures, decompose and increase the organic matter in 0ur soil. Go worms!
Speaking of worms, we are also feeding the kitchen food scraps to our worm bins, and cafeteria food scraps with trench composting! Go Green Team!
And, while we are waiting to be able to grow the peas outside, the 5th and 6th graders are growing pea shoots inside. A delicious green snack for winter!