Yay – spring is here and we couldn’t be happier! Classes have returned to the farm to start pulling up those pesky weeds, amending the farm’s soil with fresh compost, and planting many, many seeds.
Our first graders have been caring for lettuce and scallion seedlings back in their classrooms, and this past week they finally got to move them out to the farm. What should we cook with these ingredients – delicious scallion and herb pestos? Fresh springtime salads? Our students are very excited to continue watching their plants grow and we cannot wait for harvest time.
We’ve also had some amazing Farm Field Trips from PS 8 in Brooklyn. The 5th grade classes got a lot of work done from planting arugula, lettuce mixes and radishes to harvesting compost and finding tons of decomposers. We spent our class learning about the seeds we eat, and before we planted any in the ground we learned about the different parts of a seed and how they germinate. The students were surprised to realize how many seeds end up in their daily meals – from peanuts to black beans, the accidental apple seed and the wheat and cacao in their chocolate chip cookies.
At the end of the class the students reflected on their favorite parts of the visit. It was clear that the compost was a hit:
“I liked composing with my friends.”
“I liked seeing people getting excited about touching the worm.”
“I liked smelling the compost.”
“I liked feeling and finding the worms.”
And best of all:
“I loved everything about the Battery Farm. I like getting to be here and be outside.”
What a way to start off the season!