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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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With women and people of color still underrepresented in scientific fields, "I'm a scientist!" is a powerful statement coming from a 2nd grade girl in Watsonville. It came during a field trip to our Blooming Classroom field trip program. Young students look at flowers on living plants in the garden, see pollinators interacting with them, and pick a flower to dissect and explore its parts. Then they draw the flower and label all the parts they learned about in a lesson with our garden educators. This hands-on, garden-based science in action, and the feeling it gives students is exciting!

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We all know that hands-on experiences are critical to learning. No one would dream of teaching technology without computers: in fact, in many schools today they are mandating 30 minutes of screen time per student, per day. Why on earth with this understanding are we trying to teach earth and life science without giving them exposure to earth and life? School gardens are spaces--outdoor classrooms--where students can learn science and apply math and language arts, in a context that feels relevant to them. And what might happen if we elevated the status of hands-on, experiential, outdoor learning? What might happen if schools started mandating 30 minutes of dirt time per student per day? This would be time where they could apply what they're learning in the classroom outdoors to the world around them and develop a connection to it. Well that’s what we’re here to find out!
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Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.
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