For our final garden class we taught the third graders a song called “Dirt Made My Lunch” to appreciate the soil’s relationship to everything we eat and to help make the transition to the culinary arts portion of our Edible Social Studies journey next week. Everyone picked up the tune quickly and both classes performed a rousing rendition for Mr. Swick and Ms. Grace, respectively, at the end of class.
In the garden, students applied a weatherproof seal to their tree stumps, which we hope will add beauty to the outdoor classroom for years to come. We then had some free time to play with the chickens, explore the dig zone, and enjoy a seasonal garden snack of Mutsu apples and Persian cucumbers. The cilantro seeds the kids planted earlier in the semester are growing well and we’re hoping we’ll be able to harvest the herb when we begin to explore how different groups of people have made San Francisco soil their home and how those groups have influenced the food culture of our city over time.