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Kimchi In The Garden

During the garden cooking classes we are fortunate to learn about a variety of different cultures using our favorite things, yummy FRUITS and VEGGIES!  This week we made KIMCHI which is an ancient, traditional dish from Korea.  It is so popular there that it is actually the national dish!   It has a slightly spicy flavor because it is made from cabbage that has been fermented with spices like chili pepper, ginger and garlic.  Sometimes it can be made with vegetables like cucumbers, onions and radishes, too.  "Fermenting" means breaking down the sugars and carbohydrates into alcohols and acids with good bacteria.  People used this technique hundreds of years ago to preserve food before they had electricity or refrigeration.  

Besides being a famous cultural dish and also quite delicious,  kimchi is packed to the brim with vitamins and nutrients.  It has high levels of  Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Iron just to name a few. 

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Yoga Club

The 24th Street School garden is growing more than plants! The after-school yoga program has cultivated a love of this ancient practice in a talented group of second and third grade girls.

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Our Yoga Club is designed to embrace the free spirit and imagination of children. Breathing exercises calm and relax students. Interactive games channel students’ creative movements. Simple vinyasas get the blood pumping while aligning breath with movement. Finally, partner activities encourage friendship and promote trust. 

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Apply Now for the Seed to Table Program

GSF is now accepting applications to bring the Seed to Table program to your Los Angeles elementary school for the 2013 / 2014 school year. Learn more and apply here!

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Sharing in the Garden

Each recess, student volunteers appear through the canopied entrance of the garden, gleefully awaiting an opportunity to help. At the end of recess, these volunteers are given the opportunity to harvest something ripe and tasty. The other day a recess helper accidentally picked more than her allotted amount of sorrel. She held two pieces of the healthful treat in her hands, one large and one rather tiny. When another student walked up and asked for a piece of sorrel, I witnessed a beautiful moment between the two young people. The little girl looked between each of her hands – at the large, lush leaf and the more bite-sized morsel. A brief, anguished looked passed over her face as she considered her options, but it was replaced with a smile as she handed over the larger piece. This interaction embodies something so special that happens when we emphasize the idea of success as a joint-venture – and something to be enjoyed together.

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A Garden Workday

Off to a chilly start, this month’s Workday proved to be a success with the help of many families. The garden was a buzz with help of all our garden friends. We did everything from weeding, to planting. We were even able to give our reading garden much needed attention by pruning back some plants. The sense of community felt throughout the garden was contagious as many families worked side by side in an effort to get our garden looking beautiful. Perhaps one of our favorite sights to see was a family made of three generations, grandparents, parents and children, connecting in the garden. It is a great feeling to see our little oasis provide families with an opportunity to spend time together.

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