This summer our garden program was fortunate enough to partner with Camp Orkila's Teen Leadership Groups. Each week we hosted 10 campers to complete various garden-based projects. Each morning began with a walking tour of the garden whereby we identified and tasted medicinal herbs, berries, and flowers. Throughout their visit campers stayed busy weeding, pruning, adding mosaic to the cob oven, creating support structures for towering tomato plants, harvesting and hanging garlic, collecting blackberries, tomatoes, Chamomile and Calendula flowers, and reshaping our ever-expanding garden beds. I must admit, their efforts have yet to go unnoticed by all who have visited the garden this summer! The garden truly received the TLC it deserves. Thank you to all the campers who came to our garden with enthusiasm to finish the projects at hand, and left with blackberry stained fingers and teeth. We look forward to partnering with Camp Orkila again and again.
We welcome you to join us in the school garden this summer for Calendula salve making workshops and work-trade Wednesdays!
Fun for all ages.
To reserve your spot for a workshop please email Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, Sea Blush.
Do you know the three things all these plants have in common? Go ahead, read ‘em again and think about. You got all three? Okay, let’s see if we came up with the same answers:Read More
I know it’s cliché to say, “time flies when you’re having fun,” but oh my, did this month fly by! Our elementary students’ Farm to Classroom days were full of outdoors activities: traveling around Mt. Baker Farm by train, meeting donkeys and goats, learning about the health of our school’s 100-year-old big leaf maple tree, and painting watercolors of new garden growth. Our middle school students took a field trip to West Beach Farm for a compost intensive.Read More
I've decided to switch things up a bit for this month's blog posting. Instead of highlighting all the wonderful things our students accomplished this month, we will be focusing on one lesson in particular: "Rediscovering and Appreciating Dandelions"
Taraxacum officinale, also known as Dandelion or "Lion's tooth," is a plant that can be found in many gardens and yards around our Island during the spring and summer months. While many gardeners consider this plant a pesky weed, we wanted our students to walk away with a new understanding and appreciation of this pervasive plantRead More