I'm here with an update and photos from the past three weeks in GAP. We have been cooking and eating, sowing seeds, prepping our raised beds, and getting ready for SPRING!
During week 6, our theme was "spring ahead," and was a week filled with planting starts: snap peas, kale, borage, lettuce, and more! We finished out the week Friday with a new favorite recipe: Pea pesto on crostini.
Week 7 our theme was "will it waffle?" Students collaborated in our GAP kitchen to create a quick berry jam, which we used to top whole grain oat waffles. On Thursday we made delicious cheddar and chive savory waffles. On Friday students put their artistic skills to work designing signs for our garden!
This past week, with the initial positive reports back about the soil tests, we finally spent some time back in the GAP garden (using precautions such as gloves, handled tools, plus new organic potting soil in the raised beds from a nursery). Students worked hard to put in the last of our three raised beds, and found many worms and other invertebrates hard at work! On Thursday and Friday we created wildflower "seed bombs" with clay, organic compost, and wildflower seeds to help support pollinators in our garden. Seed bombs are a great way to garden with kids, as it requires nothing more than making and throwing mud pies! With the rain this week, our garden should be blooming in no time :)
All the best,
In weeks 4 & 5, students delved deeper into the themes of animal adaptations, ecosystems, and habitats. Students explored diverse habitats, with an emphasis on the unique temperate forests of the pacific northwest. As a group we investigated why and how features such as feathers, fur, claws, beaks, talons, etc. help animals to adapt to their unique environments.
In week 5, students created individual "shoebox habitats" (using clay as well as natural and other found materials) for an animal of their choosing. Students either chose an existing animal, or used their imaginations to create a new animal, explaining how and why their animal adapted to their particular habitat. It was amazing to see the depth, creativity, and hard work students put into their projects!
Over the coming weeks we will be spending more time in our garden plots, measuring, planning, planting starts, and getting ready for the magic of the growing season. 🌱
All the best,