As the leaves change and the weather grows cooler, it’s time for another school year to begin. And for Gunn High School’s Spanish for Native Speakers class, this means returning to Common Ground Garden. This year, the class plans to visit the garden twice a month to participate in various hands-on activities like planting, harvesting, cooking, and grain processing. These lessons allow the kids to learn about food production while gaining an appreciation for sustainable agriculture and the environment.
Last month, the Spanish for Native Speakers class helped us to harvest all the ripe vegetables from the Spanish heritage garden bed. We picked tomatoes, tomatillos (see our crop trouble-shooting article for more info), cilantro, peppers, and even some small onions. Then, with a lot of chopping and a little added lime juice, we made a delicious pico de gallo – fresh from the garden! The kids were pleasantly surprised by how tasty their concoction was. Within just a few minutes, all the salsa was gone!
The kids will be back in a couple weeks to learn about sorghum and amaranth, two lesser-known grains. We will cut, process, and hopefully get to taste these garden treats!
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