Edible Garden Update - Spring 2015

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Dear Sligo Creek Families –

For the last two weeks, I have had the honor of working with an AMAZING team of volunteers who have made it possible for every single student at Sligo Creek to plant edible plants in the Outdoor Classroom. These volunteers have given up many hours of their time (each class gets a half hour lesson along with their planting) to teach our kids how (and why!) to plant edible foods. Jes Skillman led many of the K – 3 and 4th grade classes and Emmanuelle Dupart led all of the K – 3 French immersion classes IN FRENCH. Helping to lead were Monica Nermark (in French), Nichole Bennett, Malia Hale, Margrit Wong, Amy Thompson-Jacobs, Lauren Aucoin, and others. Please thanks these volunteers when you see them!!!

In case you don’t know about the edible gardens program at Sligo Creek, each grade gets its own lesson plan:

· 5th grade students, who study Colonial America in social studies, plant a Colonial Garden;


· 4th grade students, who study Native Americans in social studies, plant the “Three Sisters” Garden (a Native American planting technique for corn, beans, and squash;


· K – 3rd grade students plant lettuce, radishes, spinach, swiss chard, sugar snap peas, and carrots.


- 3rd graders learn which parts of the plants perform which functions


- 2nd graders learn what parts of the plant we can eat (answer: all parts, depending on the plant)


- 1st graders learn why it is good to plant and eat our own food, and


- Kindergarteners learn what a plant needs to grow.


COMING UP: Grades K – 3 will harvest their salad fixings and celebrate with a Salad Party, supported with toppings and salad dressing from our own Whole Foods Silver Spring Store. *We are in the process of confirming that the Salad Party will happen on Friday, June 5.* We will need lots of volunteers to help wash the produce and serve salad, so please mark this date tentatively in your calendar and plan to attend!

(And here's a photos of the plants emerging!)

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