What does a school garden do all summer?

3 Sep

“What does a school garden do over the summer?” It’s one of the most frequent questions I’m asked. The answer, in short, is, “We never stop.” Because our school runs a six-week literacy bridge program over the summer, the garden is geared toward those students and their families. Here’s what happened in our garden this […]

Growing beyond our garden

22 Mar

How can you get your garden-planning process off the ground? How should teachers roll out lessons in the garden, or cooking classes in a school? Why is all this growing-your-own-food stuff so important, anyway? Over the past month, our school took part in three big events that attempted to answer these questions. This year, especially, […]

Garden (and Beyond) Inspiration

9 Mar

“A beautifully prepared environment, where deliberate thought has gone into everything from the garden paths to the plates on the tables, communicates to children that we care about them.” –Alice Waters

Grow Watts, grow!

4 Jan

We were lucky to have Duke student Morgan Carney with us last semester. Morgan did a photojournalism project (http://wondersofwatts.com/grow-watts-grow/) on our school’s garden-and-cooking project for a class she takes at Duke University. Her professor, Susie Post Rust, is a George Watts parent. The end result speaks for itself.

Lemony Hummus in a Pita Pocket

2 Jan

Ingredients: 8 ounces of chickpeas 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 lemon 1 to 2 tablespoons of cold water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin 2 carrots, grated or sliced thin 3 pita pockets 6 lettuce leaves Directions: 1. Add the chickpeas and garlic to a blender. Blend […]

Superhero Salad

2 Jan

Ingredients: 1 cup canned sweet corn 3/4 cup canned black beans 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes 1 cup grated feta cheese 2 tablespoons green or red pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon red onion 1 whole avocado 2 tablespoons cilantro, shredded into small pieces 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice 1/8 teaspoons minced garlic 1/8 teaspoon salt Directions: […]

Kale Salad

2 Jan

A friend told me this weekend that he planned to cook more kale for his family this year, since kale is a “superfood.” You might not think kids would like a raw kale salad, but the Upper El students who made this dish in cooking class surprised even themselves. The recipe calls for either ricotta […]

Tofu and Collard Stir-Fry

2 Jan

Two things to keep in mind for the new year: First, as food guru Mark Bittman says, Eat more plants. Second, as our school nutritionist says, try to vary the protein you eat. Here’s one great recipe that deliciously accomplishes both. My older daughter was among the students who begged for seconds, when her classroom […]