Vaughan Elementary also had a great lettuce harvest last week, and used this crop to make a fresh salad! The class was very skeptical about the lettuce's texture and taste, but learned that garden lettuce is not scary at all, but truly delicious!
Ms. Brickey, Ms. Altston, Ms. Henry, and their wonderful first grade students did a great job growing a beautiful garden this spring! In the mean time, they learned about the importance and contents of soil, what plants need, what animals need, and what makes an ecosystem healthy. As a reward for such great work, all three classes came together for a harvest party last week. Along with three great volunteers from Chapel Hill Baptist in Oine, students harvested, washed, and prepared a salad for tasting. They dressed a delicious salad of carrots, radishes, cucumbers, kale, and lettuce with ranch we made during our goods and services lesson a couple days beforehand. Students enjoyed trying some new veggies and partying garden-style!
Our Warren County High School 4-Hers took some vegetable plants they had started in the greenhouse over to the Senior Center's Community Garden this month. They visited twice to fill in beds with soil, dig holes for fruit trees, and plant starts in the beds. Students had a great time working alongside other volunteers and especially the seniors, who were excited about the cabbage plants and the fig tree. We hope there are a lot more opportunities for intergenerational learning as we begin to harvest in a couple of months!
Ms. Perry and Ms. Davis's 9th graders have completed logging GPS points, interviewing managers, and photographing all food places in Warren County. Phew! That was a lot of work, and they did a great job perservering. The next step is to organize the data and hand it to Warren County's Planning Department, Ken Krulik, to prepare our interactive map. Students will soon work after school on a presentation to be given to the School Board and County Commissioners in June. Dominecha Crenshaw, one of our ninth graders said it best, "I mean we did all this hard work, we need to tell people about it!" So that is just what we'll do! See below where the students visited Hunter's Pond in Arcola and Pete Jones's Farm down on 401.
First graders at Northside and South Warren have had some fun garden experiences this spring! We've planted all sorts of delicious vegetables, practiced garden yoga to discover the needs of a plant, and most recently delved into a worm bin (left) to see an ideal animal habitat. Thank you to Vaughan Elementary teacher Ms. Simons for letting us borrow Hotel Transylworma! Many of the students went from fearful of worms to understanding and loving these great creatures who make rich soil for our environment. This week, we will learn about recycling and composting, remembering back to how we composted strawberry tops in the worm bin. More fun learning times ahead!
Mariam Boyd's 4th and 5th grade Culinary Club completed their second fundraiser, selling paninis and salad to all teachers and staff during lunch. The event was highly successful, raising over $170 for our club!
The students and a few parents used the money from this event and the soup event in February to take a trip to Simply Crepes in Raleigh last Saturday. Crepes were new to many students in the group, and they got to watch the making of their crepes before sitting down to enjoy this new food.
Next up, Family Night for our club members in Jun
High School mentors and Vaughan Elementary mentees came together at Warren County High School the other day. Older students showed the younger ones around all over the school and grounds to give them a taste of high school life. Part of this tour, of course, was the garden! Student buddies paired up to help plant flowers and sweet potatoes, and renovate our garden for the spring. Mr. Sauegling, Ms. Sahai, and Ms. Simons were innovative in their approach to this awesome day, and their help in the garden is much appreciated!
To the left, see Leroy weed our tire garden and plant
This Spring, Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School Exceptional Children teacher Annabello Bello is leading a garden project with her class and fellow teachers. She wants to involve her students in planting and maintaining the garden, and have it open to the public over the summer for harvesting. She says people often visit the school over the summer and there is always a need for more fresh vegetables in her community. Plus, the kids will learn and have fun!
To the left, Art teacher Roy Alston constructs the beds with direction from Ms. Bello. Earlier this month, Horticulture Agent Paul MacKenzie and I visited the school to give input on garden design, materials, and planting options. FoodCorps was able to donate seeds and plants grown in the Warren County High School greenhouse by their Garden Club. The Tribal School team was very appreciative, it definitely takes a team to help with such a big project!
Caroline Stover is from Winston-Salem, NC, and is currently serving as Warren County's FoodCorps Service Member.