Vermont School Garden

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

Tomato Coriander Soup

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team dicing

team dicing

The community minded 5th graders contributed a soup to our Westminster Center School Open House last week. They combined fresh onions, garlic, tomatoes and coriander from our garden for this yummy offering. In teams, the class came together to read recipes, dice, and pulverize ingredients. They found out that the cilantro they used to make their salsa earlier had produced seeds. These seeds had a new “spice name”: coriander! As they ground the seeds with mortar and pestle, the aroma reinforced the reincarnation.

reading recipe while dicing garlic

reading recipe while dicing garlic

sauteeing

sauteeing

coriander

coriander

grinding coriander seeds

grinding coriander seeds

They also learned about the “magic wand,” a blending tool that is soo easy to use, we rarely pull out our blender anymore!

using a wand on tomato coriander soup

using a wand on tomato coriander soup

cleaning up the garden

cleaning up the garden

Some of these hard working children also helped take down tomato stakes in the garden. They piled them in the shed for next year.

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Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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