What an extraordinary spring we’re having!
Growing and learning at the Farm!
Always the delightful signs of spring, the tulips and daffodils that the fourth graders planted are blooming at the Farm, offering lots of opportunity to study flowers and enjoy beauty. Peas are everywhere! Glorious lettuce, spinach and kale in the hoophouse are happy as can be, and help teach plant structure and diversity. We now have lots of fresh greens for garden tacos!
Our second Taco Tuesday was another rousing success! Big thanks to all the volunteers and students who helped make it happen! The next Taco Tuesday is May 8th, from 5 – 7 pm at the Elementary School. Join us for the delicious feast, and please invite your family, friends and neighbors. RSVP HERE!
We are thrilled to have been able to move the culinary classroom to the old Family Resource Center portable. Thank you South Whidbey School District for providing this facility! We have named the building the CAFE, acronym for Culinary Arts and Farm Education. The first lesson in the Cafe was stir-fry. The students selected and prepped kale, bokchoi and carrots from the Farm, cooked them up, and made Nicole’s special sauce. It was a hit! When are we having this for lunch, they asked!
Thank you powers that be! On April 19th, after days of rain, the sun came out for our K – 4 celebration of Earth Day. Hundreds of children streamed down to the farm and divided into engaging activities from farming and science to culinary to arts and crafts.
Kindergarteners making fairy houses
Making habitats for bugs
Phases of the moon with potato presses
How many scarlet runner beans?
Circle weaving with yarn from natural dyes
Planting pumpkins for our Thanksgiving Feast
Seed mosaics and spirals
Pinch pots from Double Bluff clay
Culinary book reading
and creating hungry caterpillars!
Food scraps nourish the soil!
After their activity, the students enjoyed two delicious soups made from farm veggies: potato soup, and veggie soup. They loved both of them! They made garden tacos from lettuce, spinach, arugula, sorrel and kale leaves, kale flowers and pea shoots, topped with pea shoot pesto or a magic bean and cheese sauce. Yum!
The Magic of Our Water!
The Middle Schoolers, grades 5 – 8, were treated to a special Earth Day “The Magic of Our Water” show with Steffan Soule. Thank you to the South Whidbey Schools Foundation for their support!
The students were eager to participate on stage with Steffan as he demonstrated through amazing magic tricks how we are connected to each other and the natural world, the flow of water through our aquifers and how our actions affect its purity, principles of a balanced ecosystem, and the rings of interconnection: You, Water (the environment), Our Commitment, Conservation, Preservation, Understanding. Inspiring!
Yes, it’s been a magical and majestic spring!