Here's a poem by one of the after-school participants! Below that, you'll find pictures of our after-school students in action....

"The Learning Garden" by Lauren

The Learning Garden is beautiful,
Especially the front sign.
I love how everybody worked
together and was so very kind.

The helpers were amazing,
they encouraged us not to say "I can't."
They also told us not to yell or chant.

Cooking was fun also,
even though our muffins went ka-booom.
Lucky for us it didn't
destroy the whole room.

Fall 2009
Spring 2009

Spring 2012

After a hiatus this fall, we're back in the groove. In addition to taking care of all the spring garden chores, we've got kids in the kitchen each week cooking up healthy food! This group has been truly amazing with their willingness to try new food.


Fall 2009

Here's some shots of our after-school groups. The kids worked hard each week creating new beds, harvesting produce and seeds, pulling weeds and laying down mulch, covering plants when it got cold, and creating garden art. Bravo students! We had a great time at the salad-making party for our final meeting!






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An onion picked just before winter truly set in.

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Cilantro from our cold frame--20 degrees outside, and the tender leaves were happy as could be!
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Lettuce growing in December in Missouri
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Mustard greens, doing very well in December
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Washing greens for the salad feast!
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Our closing circle, "Talking Gourd", happens indoors or out!
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Prepping the dirt in our cold frames...
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Getting the new greenhouse ready...
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Had to head indoors on this stormy afternoon!
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Painting signs for our garden beds
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Summer 2009

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Suncatcher in Entryway

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Gourd Tunnel

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Mammoth Sunflower

Spring 2009 After-School Program

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Thomas Jefferson visited the garden
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Mr. Jefferson talking to students about his first gardens' failures (there were many!) and successes

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Compost relay

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Compost relay
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In the school kitchen
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Planting Seeds

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Pizza Sauce Bed, Prepping the Soil


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Checking out the new stones in the pizza sauce bed

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Taking a break to pose for the camera


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The Salad Harvest Party