Salad for Everyone!
The Ellis Mendell School Garden Project
It was the last week of school, and things were starting to wind down in classrooms, but our K0/K1 classes were all abuzz with the excitement of finally getting to harvest their lettuce plants! After having started the lettuce from seeds in science class and then giving them some "grow time" in a local greenhouse, students planted their lettuce seedlings in May and went outside regularly to observe, draw, and measure them.
When harvesting day came, one little girl, Nova, took my hand on the way to our Outdoor Classroom and we had a conversation about what kind of salad she was going to make with her lettuce once she brought it home. She told me how excited she was to bring her lettuce plant home to show her mother and explain how it was grown from a tiny seed. It is truly magical using gardening as a way to get kids excited about the science of plants, sustainability, and healthy eating!
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