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14 August 2015

ADDICTED TO BUSH BEANS

On Monday, the kids from the Brock Junction daycare and I harvested a bunch of scarlet runner beans and bush beans for their snack. And boy, did they love them! The next day, a bunch of the kids came running up to me and asked if they could pick some more of the 'magic beans' to eat. Later, two of the girls asked if they could plant some bush beans in an empty section of one of the plots. I let them go ahead, but then later realized that they used up almost a whole package of seeds. There will likely be a forest of bush beans beginning to grow in the next few days. I'm sure the kids at Brock will be happy about this.

Collecting bush beans at Brock Elementary 

Planting more delicious beans!

Spraying a homemade solution to kill powdery mildew 

6 August 2015

HARVESTED ARUGULA PESTO RECIPE

In order to make room for new plants at Thunderbird, the kids and I harvested a bunch of arugula from one of the plots. At that point, it was still fairly small. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to make arugula pesto for the first time! To add more volume (and flavour) to the pesto, I also collected some carrot greens which would've been composted. Carrot greens are edible, and have a mild flavour; you will hardly notice a handful blended in to the pesto.

Harvesting arugula at Thunderbird


30 July 2015

SQUASH BLOSSOMS

Bees exploring a squash blossom. Those vibrant colours!

TASTE ADVENTURES: BEETS

One of the best things about working with kids is watching them try new things. Especially healthy, new foods from the garden. Maybe their willingness to try new foods from the garden is so big because of the excitement of harvesting your own food. The joy and surprise when a child pulls a beet from the ground and yells "Look at this! It looks like a giant spider" is so great to watch. As we were thinning out the beet crop the other day, one of the kids asked what a beet tasted like; he had never tasted one before. I was shocked and amazed to find out that many of the other surrounding kids had also never tasted a beet. Without missing a beat (no pun intended) the kids asked if they could try tasting the raw beets. I warned them that raw beets had a pretty strong and earthy flavour and that they may not like them on their first try. Fortunately, they still went on to taste them, and surprisingly many of them really loved them. They loved the way it made their mouths bright red. One kid exclaimed "it looks like we ate blood", while another announced that "beets taste like dirt... But in a good way".

Tasting beets for the first time