We have made steady progress both in building the garden and in teaching the kids how to plant food, such as potatoes, herbs and raspberry trees. More pictures will be added but in the mean time, check out the burlap bags full of potatoe starters near the CDSA garden.
See some of the 2nd graders after a garden experience with teacher Jean and Curtis.
Several Leschi students created some gorgeous stepping stones during “Open House” that the above 2nd graders put in place. See the stepping stones here. We are also lucky to have two community volunteers (Russ and Serenity) help us with the garden education every Friday. They are indeed excited to work with the kids!
Back in early October, a wonderful group of parents helped put shelving in the school closet located near CDSA. The school graciously loaned us some space to put our gardening equipment. See the makeover!
Finally, parent Sarah Dion submitted a grant to Whole Kids Foundation that if awarded, will give the school $2000 for our new school garden. We will learn in March whether or not Leschi is awarded the grant. Keep your fingers crossed!
Also, check out the raspberry trees in the circular garden bed located right outside CDSA. Someone put an absolutely wonderful scarecrow there although I have not been able to find out who! If anyone has leads on who this benefactor may be, please let me know so we can thank them at email@example.com!
Thank you to parents Helen and Andy (mom and dad of Marigold) and teacher Julia Anders for coordinating garden stepping stone making for the garden. They will truly make our garden beautiful! Parents and students stopped by during Open House Th 10/17 to make the stepping stones. They will be placed throughout the front garden.
Our parent volunteer garden educators are seeking volunteers to help keep our students interested and busy in the garden on Fridays 11:30a-1:30p.
Ideally volunteers would live near or in the neighborhood surrounding the school since we’d like very much to keep our efforts limited to our surrounding community. We want to build bridges between our community and the school and as much as possible, reflect the demographics of our school community through our volunteers. Please contact Kim Blakemore if interested in donating your time 206-418-9467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need you!
What: School Garden Fun Work Party
Date: Sunday 10/6/2013 (yes, this Sunday!)
- Organize storage closet for gardening equipment
- Assemble wheelbarrow
- Recycle plastic jugs into watering cans
- So we can meet you and so that you can get to know our community even better!
Where: Leschi school, back of school near CDSA
RSVP: No need. Just show up. But if you are the type who likes to shoot a word about being there, email Kim Blakemore email@example.com.
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Hello wonderful community! We start rolling in volunteer led observational gardening classes with three of our beloved classrooms: Ms. Richardson’s (filling in for Ms. Trudel while she’s out on maternity leave), Ms. Snyder’s and Ms. Savages. With such a crazy fall before us, we can’t thank these teachers enough for allowing us to work with their kiddos. Pictures of our first day will be forthcoming!
On Friday 10/4, our Gardening Committee will lead experiential learning activities for students in rooms 211 (Savage) and 213 (Snyder). They will plant sprouted potatoes in burlap bags so we can grow more potatoes to later make french fries or potato chips.
Thanks to Craigslist, I found a cute cedar garden bench to aesthetically compliment the garden in front of the school. When the rain stops and the sun comes out, think about taking in the beauty of our growing plants (squash, tomatoes, kale/chard). Maybe you and your kiddo(s) can have a peaceful moment or two together!
Come sit down and relax for a minute or ten!