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Watsonville School Garden Crew – Winter 2017

See what we are up to with our Winter 2017 Watsonville School Garden Crew

March 8 – Radcliffe School Garden Clean Up and Redesign

Today we repaired some garden beds, moved and filled garden beds to sunnier spots of the garden, and set up an outdoor seating area.

 

March 1 – Ann Soldo School Clean Up and Perennial Plantings

Today we topped off all garden beds with soil amendments and mulched the whole garden site. Additionally helped students plant over 20 perennial plants that will add beauty and plant parts to study! Very eager 4th and 5th grade science class students lent a hand.


 

February 22 – More Garden Stations with Amesti Students

Today we did a bit of garden care and practiced lessons learned from the week prior. Working with recess and lunch time student helpers made for a great day.

 

February 15 – Garden Stations with Amesti Students

Today we transplanted, sowed wildflowers, made beany-babies and played garden games. Additionally we started transforming part of the greenhouse into a functional storage area by adding cabinets.

 

February 8 – Sign Installation and Lesson Prep

Today we installed the signs we painted and reviewed a few lessons we will run with students next week. Check out our Beany Baby Necklaces!


 

February 1 – Plant Grab and Sign Painting

We acquired over 150 gallon perennial habitat plants from the UCSC Farm that will be planted in school gardens and painted garden signs


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

January 25 – Signs and Succulents

We painted garden sign blanks and propagated succulent plants. We installed bird netting and trelissed sweet peas at Amesti School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 18 – Landmark School Garden Workday

6 Garden Crew and 6 5th graders spent 2 hours clearing beds and amending soil with 30 cubic feet of soil amendment. We seeded two beds of wildflowers, a row of sweet peas and planted 8 Perennial Flowering Habitat Plants.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 11 – Amesti School Garden Workday

Today we weeded the future corn patch, finished buidling a garden bed, planted 6 six packs of veggies, seeded a bed with clover, and started installing the greenhouse irrigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to the Whole Kids Foundation for the generous grant and to Big Creek Lumber for your donation to the Amesti Eagles' Garden. With the generous support of Life Lab and other community supporters, our students are receiving the gift of hands-on Next Generation Science Standards and learning about healthy eating in a beautiful outdoor classroom!

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Do you ever wonder what is living just below the surface of the San Lorenzo River? Join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for tomorrow's Exploring the San Lorenzo River tour and find out!

We will be meeting at 8:30 on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk next to Mike Fox park and will be seining for fish and collecting benthic macroinvertebrates aka bugs! We will learn about the organisms that live in the San Lorenzo River and their food webs. This tour is open to all ages. You can sign up online or by emailing CWC River Scientist Alev Bilginsoy at abilginsoy@coastal-watershed.org. Learn more at coastal-watershed.org/what-we-do/exploring-san-lorenzo-river-series/.
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At a @soilbornfarms school garden conference, in a workshop on trees reminded me of this incredible Radiolab Podcast podcast. Listen to this one. ... See MoreSee Less

Forests feel like a place of great stillness but dig deeper and there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city. 

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LIFE LAB on MAUI! so AnB stopped sugar production on Maui this year, there is tons of land available to lease and they are now taking offers. If farmers or farm educators won't get to it, it will turn into development, there are not enough offers from farmers and we need more, so please pass this on to those that are interested. To speak to An B need to look them up and make an offer. They are taking offers now! ... See MoreSee Less

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