Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.


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Grampa, Is It Harvest Time Yet?

corn silk beards

corn silk beards

Fifth grade classes harvested their decorative/Indian corn last week. They wondered about why they couldn’t just cook it and eat it like sweet corn. Some of them will try to do just that and they’ll report back to us about how their experiment turned out. The colors of the corn were gorgeous as you can see. The day was spectacular! Are those ‘horse tail’ clouds in the sky? Teams of students husked the corn without completely removing the husks. They tied the corn in bundles of three and took them back to hang in their classrooms. This corn will need a few weeks to dry before we can try grinding it to make cornmeal as the Native Americans did. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ANY IMAGE)

Indian corn colors

decorative corn harvesthusking native am cornteamwork tyingtying corn for drying  bringing in the corn to dry

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Family Pizza Night

Sawyer and his mom, Teah enjoying their pizza dinner.

Sawyer and his mom, Teah, enjoying their pizza dinner.

 

It was Family Make You Own Pizza Night for After School students and their families last Thursday. Students helped make this dinner a success for their families in so many ways. They harvested lettuce, celery, tomatoes, peppers, nasturtiums and beans for a salad. Older students helped make pizza dough. Younger students made the sauce a week or two ago (see earlier blog). Some of the boys thought it would be nice to decorate the tables with flowers from our garden, so they cut bouquets for the tables. One talented parent created games to keep little ones occupied while the pizzas cooked in the oven. Each parent went home with pizza dough,  sauce for making another pizza at home sometime in the future. The flowers went home too! We hope to have more family supper nights during the year.

Annaleeza and Abby make dough

Annaleeza and Abby make dough

kneading pizza dough

kneading pizza dough

prepping for dinner

prepping for dinner

prepping for dinner

prepping for dinner

make your own pizza

make your own pizza

eat your greens with pizza

eat your greens with pizza

eat your greens with pizza

eat your greens with pizza

family 4

 

family

family

harvesting for dinner

harvesting for dinner

kale chips and roasted cherries: topping choices

kale chips and roasted cherries: topping choices

ready for the oven

ready for the oven