Winter came early this year! An unexpected chill came in November, covering the island and garden in several inches of snow. Students arrived to school sharing their audible excitement of the snow: "Is Farm to Classroom going to be inside or outside today?" "Today is tortilla pizza day!" "Can we please go outside in the snow?"
To retract a bit, the week prior to the snow fall, students had spent their class session learning about corn: where in the US most corn is grown, what corn is commonly used for, how to cook with corn in its various forms, and exploring several varieties we grew this year in the school garden. The next class meeting, aka the morning of the snow storm, was supposed to be "tortilla pizza day," whereby students make "pizza" with red and blue corn tortillas and garden fresh ingredients.
Since the cob oven was all fired up and the students were all bundled up, Miss Mandy opened the garden gates and allowed class to be held outdoors. It turned out to be a wonderful day in the garden, even though we had to dust snow off from the rosemary and kale plants.
Please note: no student was forced to be outdoors if they did not wish to be. Activities and adult supervision was provided indoors as well.
For their final class of the Fall term, middle school Farm to Classroom students learned how to make cob web brooms from broom-corn. Led by OASIS staff member, Mindy Kayl, this process required students to showcase their patience, dexterity, and focus. All skills we have been practicing throughout the term!
The first step was to gather all materials: a smooth piece of wood to use as the handle and several pieces of wet broom corn. The latter makes the weaving process easier. The next step was to find the proper tension between the broom, foot brake, and rope. After securing a knot to keep the broom corn in place, the weaving process began. This is where patience, dexterity, and focus came into play. Once the weaving process was complete, another knot was formed to secure the weave and voila! Each student had created a beautifully handcrafted cob web broom.
Thank you, Mrs. Pietsch and Mindy! Another new skill added to the list!