4th Grade: Fava-Edamame Hummus, Garlic Chives Bread, Fruit Leather, Lemongrass Iced Tea

Fava beans are cool weather plants that aid in erosion prevention and protect the topsoil from rain impaction and wind. And like all legumes, they replenish the soil with nitrogen. The beans are sweet… Continue reading

1st Grade: Swiss Chard Lasagna, Oatmeal Banana Brownie, Pickled Vegetables

Skip the ricotta and load a lasagna with Swiss Chard, a dark leafy green with an outstanding source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It was a hit with the first graders and a… Continue reading

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant

Thank you Whole Kids Foundation for welcoming us into the family! We are excited to continue our school garden journey with WKF’s support. The timing of the grant is perfect as our Los Angeles heat is… Continue reading

Garden + Women’s Day Tea

Last year, when my daughter was in second grade, I attended the Women’s Day Tea planned by Chauncell and the amazing third grade parents. I was blown away. The phenomenal effort that went into every detail… Continue reading

Kindergarten: Miso Tomato Bisque, Parmesan Herb Scone, Dehydrated Apples

It’s never too young to do some volunteer work. My 3.5 year old son completely enjoyed shucking (and eating) organic corn alongside Santa Monica College volunteers at The Learning Garden in Venice before the… Continue reading

5th Grade: Basil Pesto Pasta, Banana Ice Cream

I often see teacher’s aides touch the Genovese Basil plant in passing to get a whiff of the fresh scent. The plant is growing happily and the kids were excited when I told them I… Continue reading

Fall Planting Day 2016

October 13, 2016. The weather cooled down and it was the perfect time to plant our cool season veggies. A full day event that involved one class per grade (the class that didn’t have enrichment… Continue reading

4th Grade: Spicy Bean Chili, Mini Peach-Plum Jam Tart

I wish these beautiful chiles poblanos were grown in our school garden but I’m sure the wildlife would’ve gotten to it first. Our garden is waiting for soil amendment and for the hot weather… Continue reading

3rd Grade: Green & Red Tomato Salsa, Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Before the summer break, The Learning Garden in front of the 4th grade area was home to 20 beautiful tomato plants, 10 pepper plants and 5 eggplants because Mud Baron (@cocoxochitl) at Muir Ranch tirelessly continues… Continue reading

2nd Grade: Zucchini Noodles and Marinara, Roasted Carrots, Apple Cider Granita

The last tasting before the summer break. Couldn’t grow much at school because 20 tomato plants were taking over the planters. If it wasn’t for Eleu at The Learning Garden in Venice, I… Continue reading

1st Grade: Nopalitos, Fruit Leather

Another big thanks to Eleu at The Venice Learning Garden for these organic Prickly Pear Cactus pads, also known as nopal. This plant is very adaptable and can tolerate a wide range of temperature… Continue reading

Kindergarten: Blanched Veggies with a Dill-Parsley Dip, Pickled Chard Stem, Apple-Pear Cider, Fruit Leather

The veggies in our school garden are growing very slowly and I didn’t have much for the tasting I was planning. I decide to contact UC Master Gardener Eleu at The Learning Garden and was… Continue reading

5th Grade: Braised Greens Rice Ball, Sriracha Roasted Potato, Banana & Apple-Pear Butter Bread

This tasting was supposed to be easy to prep but the morning started with a power outage in my area due to the strong winds, while I was roasting the potatoes. I was hoping the cafeteria… Continue reading

Kindergarten: Planting Seedlings

This is around the time Maria plants seeds in a cup with the students so it was great to have them out in the garden planting things they will get to eat. These… Continue reading

1st Grade: Amending Soil & Seed Planting

The four planters in front of the kindergarten area had been untouched for over a year. The soil was nutrient depleted, root bound, and nothing was able to grow. The beginning of February,… Continue reading