A terrific Taco Tuesday!

So delicious!

Fresh tortillas made on the spot from masa harina corn flour, frijoles from our scarlet runner beans, shredded carrots, kale and cabbage fresh picked from the school farm, guacamole, cheese and hibiscus tea… YUM!



Over 225 parents, grandparents and children enjoyed tacos at the first Taco Tuesday held at the Elementary School on March 13th, and organized by the School Farm and Culinary program, with the assistance of a lot of students!


Students helped prepare the food in the days before the event, and then helped set up and serve. Cub Scout Pack 57 joined in during the event and did a great job making the tortillas and cooking them on the griddle. A big thanks to Nicole Whittington-Johnson and her student culinary team!

The event was a fundraiser for the school farms program… a local donor is giving a 2 for 1 match! Every dollar donated is matched by 2 more! If you didn’t make it and want to donate to support the program, click HERE.

We will be having another Taco Tuesday on Tuesday, April 10th. Save the date!

If you and your family would like to volunteer to join in the fun of helping to make the event happen, we are gathering names for our Team Taco Tuesday. Email swschoolfarm@gmail.com

Thanks to all who helped make this event such a delicious success!

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Growing an Abundance of Peas!

The students at the School Farm have planted and watched the peas sprout indoors. The bright green shoots and the beginning of tendrils have formed. The rainy days inside have given us time to study the way the seeds sprout and how they grow from seeds to forming roots and bright green shoots above the soil. The tangle of roots shooting out of the bottom of our pots and soil blocks is signaling us that it’s time to plant outdoors in the garden beds.

On Friday, March 2nd we planted the first peas outside in the garden beds! It was an exciting moment watching the bright green peas being tucked into the soil. Students learned about planting, cooperation, and the special features of pea plants as they carefully planted the starts.

The final step after all the peas were planted in the ground was watering carefully and then covering them up with some light row cover to keep them warm at night, then we planted more peas in soil blocks so that we’ll have an abundance of peas available for families to take home on Taco Tuesday,  March 13th. Everyone agreed that the promise of crisp, crunchy peas made working out in the cold spring weather worthwhile.

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Snow at the Farm!

The saying goes: ‘If February comes in like a lamb it goes out like a lion’. At the School Farm we’ve been wrestling the February lion of frozen ground and crunchy snow.

Luckily, the students were able to turn over all the cover crops and mulched all the beds in our half acre farm just before the freezing temperatures and snow settled in.

The farm team has cleaned up the beds in the hoop house and planted our little baby starts of kale, lettuce, and spinach. There was some worry about the starts making it in this cold weather.

We covered the plants with row cover at night and much to our delight, the starts have survived!

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Signs of Spring

The tulip, camas and garlic bulbs that students planted are showing strong green shoots above the soil now.  Lettuce, spinach, kale and peas are sprouting inside in readiness for spring planting.


The students have been rolling their sleeves up doing spring farm tasks; turning and chopping cover crops in, spreading compost and mulching the beds.  A tremendous amount of spring bed prep has been accomplished and the farm is well on the way to spring planting.

The middle school farm team completed the monumental task of moving our small green house to it’s new location through teamwork and strategic planning.

It’s been particularly satisfying to see and hear from students how much they know about the seasonal work of the farm and how we care for the soil.  They are able to speak clearly about the purpose for cover cropping and mulching the beds.  They understand that the work we do now prepares us for and abundance of delicious vegetables in the spring and fall.  Everyone likes to share in the work and the bounty!





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Taco Tuesday March 13, 2018

The School Farm team and all the students from culinary arts classes are anticipating a fun evening of getting together with friends over good food. We hope to see you at the Elementary School from 5-7 pm!!

One of the most popular culinary arts classes of the year was making fresh homemade tortillas and filling them with garden vegetables and freshly cooked and spiced beans.  Students spread the word quickly and soon everyone was anticipating their turn to make tacos!

This was the beginning of our idea to hold a series of festive Taco Tuesdays, March 13, April 10 and May 8 at the Elementary School. The food for the evening will be prepared and served by students.  Here is our menu for March:

  • Fresh masa corn tortillas-homemade and grilled!
  • Just picked and prepared garden vegetables
  • School Farm grown beans, cooked and spiced to perfection
  • Cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa-fresh and locally sourced

To see the flyer click HERE

The School Farm has been offered a 2 for 1 match by one of our generous donors. That means if we can reach our goal to raise $5,000.00, we will have $15,000.00! Given the fact that we rely on donations to fund our program, this is a generous offer indeed.

Students from kindergarten through second grade attend weekly farm classes. Students in grades three through 6 attend bi weekly farm classes alternately with culinary arts classes. There is a direct connection between what we do to grow our food  and methods we use for preparing it. Culinary classes have gained tremendous momentum and we are considering adding more classes for younger students in the near future. To keep our classes going, we need funds. Taco Tuesdays are a fun-fundraiser for the School Farm and Culinary programs.

See you on March 13th for a fun night of ‘Famous School Farm Tacos’!!

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First Week of Classes at the School Farm 2018

Happy New Year 2018!  The winter farm has welcomed the first classes of students this week. We look at the garden through the seasons and learn how each season provides an opportunity to care for our school farm and contribute to the abundance of fresh food that we share. As we start the new cycle of growing by caring for the soil, we also welcome our new apprentice, Kathryn Ruesch.

All classes have taken some time to tour the garden and notice what’s still alive and growing.  Students had questions about what they might find and delighted voices were heard when they found carrots, kale and cabbage still alive and good to eat for garden nibbles.

The kindergarten and third grade students have been shelling the dry beans that were harvested in the fall.  The students have found the poles from the downed bean tee pees in the harvest shed and did a fantastic job of shelling the dried bean pods and saving the ‘magic’ beans.

Grade two students got a head start on growing by planting peas in clear trays and putting them indoors in light boxes to watch them sprout and grow.  At our next garden class we’ll take a look the sprout and root emerging from the pea.


All students have had some time in this rainy first week to go out and look at our cover crops and check the garden beds for signs of life.  We worked during the sun breaks to turn over the cover crop, chop it in and then mulch the beds.  We’re anticipating spring planting with great expectations!




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New season beginning!

Kathryn with carrots1_0732It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s January…. and the new season is just beginning!

We are still delivering carrots to the cafeteria! A big welcome to Kathryn Ruesch, our new apprentice for 2018, who is harvesting them from the Langley Middle School Garden. The pea starts she planted in soil blocks are just coming up! Next week the second graders will plant more.

Stay tuned for updates as the students return to their farm and culinary classes. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the classes! Click HERE for more information.

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