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Julia Cotts



published 2010 Wrap-up in Recipes 2012-05-03 05:01:09 -0700

published Recipe: Pickled Watermelon Rind in Recipes 2012-05-03 04:58:10 -0700

Recipe: Pickled Watermelon Rind

Pickled Watermelon RindIn the garden we are regularly left with pounds of food scraps to compost.  So when we discovered pickled watermelon rind our ears perked right up at the idea of another garden snack!  What a great lesson in resourcefulness for all of us!!

 


published Cooking with Nasturtium in Recipes 2012-05-03 04:55:51 -0700

Cooking with Nasturtium

In our garden classroom, we are always looking for ways to minimize waste and recycle resources back into the garden. For example, if our cooking class has food scraps left over, our way of recycling them is to feed them to the worms to turn into rich compost for our garden beds. But what if we don't have worms at home? Are there recipes we can cook that utilize the entire ingredient and don't leave scraps? Why, yes!

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Nasturtiums are one of our favorite things growing in the garden! They don't need much attention to thrive and yet they still provide the garden with vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and greens. In addition to being beautiful, both nasturtium flowers AND leaves are edible! You can add the nasturtium's peppery flavor to many things, but one of the tastiest ways to eat nasturtiums is in pesto! This pesto can be a spread in sandwiches, used as a sauce for your pasta, a marinade on chicken or fish, or a fun addition to your breakfast eggs!
 Try to pick the smaller, dark green leaves for this as they have the biggest peppery flavor.
Nasturtium Pesto
Ingredients
2 cups packed nasturtium leaves, plus a handful of nasturtium flowers
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup walnuts
juice of 1/2 large lemon
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Method
Put everything but the salt and pepper into a food processor and mix until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
**Note: You can freeze this pesto for future use...that is if you have any leftover

published When Kids Make Salads in Lessons 2012-05-03 04:50:49 -0700

When Kids Make Salads

Who says kids won't love a healthy snack?

Quite often when we tell people what we teach our kids in cooking class their response is, "Do they even like it?" Every time, with a satisfying smile, we reply, "Yes, they do!" And our doubter is left amazed. Take our Fourth Graders for example:

We walked Ms. Lafleur's fourth grade class to the orchard and began to harvest some of the last Granny Smith and Fuji apples of the year. The kids were literally jumping with excitement over the prospect of picking this delicious fruit.  After we collected a bowlful of apples and took it back to the table, we washed and cut the apples.  The students then learned all about fennel and chopped the bulb up as well.  They also cut up some mint and sorrel they had harvested from the garden and tossed it all with a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Finally, we took our forks in hand, and as a class we counted "one...two...three"...and we all tasted it! At first it was quiet, as everyone chewed up their first bite.  But then, the exclamations started coming from all directions! "This is GOOD!!"  "I love it!" "I'm going to want some more!" Every single student had  something wonderful to say about the tastiness of this snack.  Then from the side I kept hearing, "Miss Cassie, Miss Cassie" and so I walked over to my friend at the table.  He stood up and looked at me with an almost desperate countenance and pleaded "Please! Can I take this recipe home and give it to my mom so that she can make it for me for my birthday?!?" At once my heart was overjoyed at this most sincere stamp of approval.



Fourth graders enjoying the salad

Try it for yourself and tell us what you think! 

Apple Fennel Salad 

Ingredients: 

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and halved

2 bulbs fennel, sliced thin

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

optional: 1/4th cup chopped sorrel

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Method:

 1.  Cut the apple into thin slices and place in a medium bowl with the fennel and sorrel.

 2. Whisk together the lemon juice, mint, and olive oil in a small bowl.

 3. Toss the apples, fennel and sorrel with the vinaigrette and season to taste with salt and pepper.

 4. Enjoy!


published Learning from the ground up! in Lessons 2012-05-03 04:45:00 -0700

Learning from the ground up!

Decomposers, compost, worms, OH MY!  Fresh from our Vermiculture Bin to your computer screen, we bring you news of our hardest workers in the garden: the Red Wiggler Worms. 

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These worms eat all the food scraps from our cooking classes and turn them into rich, beautiful, and nutritious soil!  These red worms are known as Natures Wonder Worker because they eat their body weight in compost almost daily!  Without them, all our food waste would go straight to the landfill and all those nutrients would be lost. 

So in honor of our Red Wiggler Worms’ dedication to the garden, we celebrated a worm appreciation month full of compost sorting races, worm biographies, even taking turns to feed the worms by hand!  The students were not afraid of getting their hands dirty when inspecting the “cool” and “cute” worms in our compost bin.  Students learned the importance of giving the worms a well balanced diet of plants, sticks, food scraps, and paper.  They also learned the valuable role compost plays in putting nutrients back into the soil in our raised beds. There is so much to learn and discover in the ground under our feet!  With the help of decomposers like our worm and Rollie Pollie friends, we are able to grow beautiful vegetables to eat in our cooking classes. 

Let’s give three cheers for the bugs under our feet who truly dedicate their lives to improve the world around them!!


published Events in News 2012-05-03 04:41:58 -0700

Events

Workday 3!
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Harvest Moon
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Work Day: January 30, 2010!
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published Gardening tips in News 2012-05-03 04:40:46 -0700

published Garden Guess Who in Lessons 2012-04-26 15:15:11 -0700

Garden Guess Who

Winter in Los Angeles can be a confusing time since we aren’t wearing down coats or out building snowmen. So how do we know that it’s winter when the outdoor thermometer reads 70? Luckily for us we can look to the garden for clues with a little game we like to call, Garden Guess Who.

published Employment in Get Involved 2012-04-26 12:49:46 -0700

Employment

GSF unlocks the learning potential of school gardens with our Seed-to-Table curriculum. This unique standards-based educational platform takes classroom learning and turns it into an interactive and hands on experience, incorporating science, math, and English language arts with cooking and gardening classes. Lessons are carefully constructed to make learning interactive, fun and memorable while instilling healthy eating habits and fostering a connection with nature.

GSF school gardens provide a living laboratory where children can play, learn and explore, but they also serve as a community center where families, teachers and community partners can meet and collaborate. The Garden School foundation’s mission is always to bring the community together, through after school activities, workday events, festivals, workshops and more.

The Garden School Foundation (GSF) is always looking for passionate interns to join our mission! The ideal candidate has a desire to gain experience in garden education and urban agriculture, a passion for advocacy and community engagement and loves to get their hands dirty with the rewarding garden work that keeps our living laboratories beautiful.

As a Garden School Foundation intern you will have the chance to: 

  • Gain hands-on experience in providing garden-based education to underserved youth through our Seed-to-Table program.
  • Learn about organic gardening in an urban setting which includes: fruit tree care, integrated pest management practices, seed starting, plant propagation, crop rotating and of course, various composting techniques.
  • Meet and work with leaders in the Southern California urban agriculture and the garden-based education movements.
  • Work closely with a diverse group of adults and children in an outdoor, garden setting 

As an intern, your responsibilities will include: 

  • Assisting Garden Coordinators during cooking and gardening classes to provide our students with the best in garden-based education.
  • Working closely with our garden staff to complete garden projects that enhance learning opportunities.
  • Assisting in the care of our beautiful and functional garden classrooms, greenhouse and themed garden spaces.
  • Potentially designing and completing a project of your choosing whether that’s running an after-school art club or planting in a freshly built hugelkulture.
  • For interested candidates: writing blog posts about your experiences in the garden or with the students as a way to chronicle your time and share what you’re passionate about with our social media community. 

An ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience with children in an educational setting.
  • A strong desire to gain experience in organic gardening/agriculture.
  • A strong interest in food, gardening, education, and community building.
  • The ability to take initiative and work well independently, and also as part of a team.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Positive, can-do attitude and willingness to work outside.
  • Be comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Spanish language skills preferred.  

Interns will work 2 days a week from 8am to 3:00pm (depending on site schedule) plus one Saturday per month from 8:00am to 3:00 pm. Internships are unpaid; however, we are happy to arrange academic credit with your school or university in exchange for your work with GSF. 

How to apply 

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Hall at elizabeth@gardenschoolfoundation.org

 


published Internship description in Internships 2012-04-26 12:45:18 -0700

Internships

The Garden School Foundation (GSF) is looking for interns to join us from August 27th through December 19th for the Fall 2014 term at participating elementary schools in Los Angeles. Interns will work closely with GSF Staff to help supervise students, deliver the lessons and maintain our gardens.

The Garden School Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary program through garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms. Classes come into the garden twice a month – once for gardening and once for cooking. During garden class, students participate in grade-specific lessons, which focus on teacher-stated curricular goals. They also tend to the garden, including planting, weeding, watering, and whatever else needs doing. In cooking class, they harvest the food they’ve planted and prepare it, again focusing on age-appropriate kitchen and food themes. Our lessons are standards-based, and designed to foster children’s innate sense of curiosity and free play, incorporating science, math, literacy and nutrition for every student at our five partner elementary schools. Additionally, students are welcome to come in to the garden during recess to play, explore, relax, or however they choose to pass the time.

As a Garden School Foundation intern you will have the chance to:

  • Learn about organic gardening in an urban setting
  • Gain important garden-based education skills
  • Assist in teaching students and parents about preparing healthy, organic, delicious food
  • Create and implement a project of your choosing in the garden or for the organization
  • Meet and work with leaders in the Southern California urban agriculture and garden-based education movement
  • Work closely with a diverse group of adults and children in an outdoor, garden setting

As an intern, your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting GSF garden instructors in teaching a wide array of topics including nutrition, meal-planning, and organic, sustainable urban gardening
  • Assisting in the care of our beautiful and functional garden classrooms
  • Designing and completing a project of your choosing
  • Write blog posts

An ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A strong interest in food, gardening, education, and community building
  • Experience in outdoor education or working with youth
  • Maintain a well-organized and responsible professional demeanor
  • Take initiative and work well independently, and also as part of a team
  • Exude positive energy and willingness to work outside during all weather conditions
  • Be comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Spanish language skills preferred
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer skills, including Word, Excel, and internet research

Interns will work 2 days a week from 8am to 3:00pm or 9am to 4pm plus one Saturday per month from 8:00am to 3:00 pm. Internships are unpaid; however, we are happy to arrange academic credit with your school or university in exchange for your work with GSF.

Please send a resume and short cover letter by August 15th to Kathryn Kocarnik at cassie@gardenschoolfoundation.org


published Internships in Get Involved 2012-04-26 12:43:38 -0700

Internships

Garden_Intern.jpgThe Garden School Foundation (GSF) is always looking for passionate individuals to join our amazing intern team! The ideal candidate has a desire to gain hands-on experience in garden education and urban agriculture, a passion for advocacy and community engagement, and loves to get their hands dirty. If you are interested in our intern program, please contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@gardenschoolfoundation.org

As a Garden School Foundation intern you will have the chance to:

  • Provide Garden-based education to underserved youth through our Seed-to-Table program
  • Learn about organic gardening in an urban setting which includes: fruit tree care, integrated pest management practices, seed starting, plant propagation, crop rotating and various composting techniques
  • Meet and work with leaders in the Southern California urban agriculture and the garden-based education movement.
  • Work closely with a diverse group of adults and children in an outdoor, garden setting

As an intern, your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting Garden Coordinators during cooking and gardening classes to provide our students with the best in garden-based education
  • Working closely with our garden staff to complete garden projects that enhance learning opportunities
  • Assisting in the care of our beautiful and functional garden classrooms, greenhouse and themed garden spaces.
  • Potentially designing and completing a project of your choosing whether that’s running an after-school art club or planting in a freshly built hugelkulture
  • For interested candidates: writing blog posts about your experiences in the garden or with the students as a way to chronicle your time and share what you’re passionate about with our social media community

An ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience with children in an educational setting
  • A strong desire to gain experience in organic gardening/agriculture
  • A strong interest in food, gardening, education, and community building
  • The ability to take initiative and work well independently, and also as part of a team
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Positive, can-do attitude and willingness to work outside
  • Be comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Spanish language skills preferred.

Interns will work 2 days a week from 8am to 3:00pm (depending on site schedule) plus one Saturday per month from 8:00am to 3:00 pm. Internships are unpaid; however, we are happy to arrange academic credit with your school or university in exchange for your work with GSF.

How to apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Hall at elizabeth@gardenschoolfoundation.org

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published Community Garden Days in Get Involved 2012-04-26 12:26:26 -0700

Community Garden Days

6330413777_d550b1595d.jpgGSF hosts monthly Community Garden Days. These days are a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the city and spend a morning outdoors helping create and maintain garden classrooms for students at underserved schools.

You don't need any experience to join in, just a love of nature and a willingness to get dirty!  In the garden, we'll build, plant, weed, water, mulch, and more. 

Snacks, drinks, fruit, or garden supplies are always welcome at the workdays. Please contact us if you are able to bring something.

For more details, please contact: Elizabeth Hall at elizabeth@gardenschoolfoundation.org

Upcoming Fall 2016 Community Garden Days:

Saturday, January 21st at 24th Street Elementary School, 9am-1pm (2055 W 24th St, LA, 90018)

Saturday, February 11th at 24th Street Elementary School, 9am-1pm (2055 W 24th St, LA, 90018)

Saturday, March 18th at 24th Street Elementary School, 9am-1pm (2055 W 24th St, LA, 90018)


Stay tuned for this year's full gardening schedule! Details will be posted soon!

 


published Get Involved 2012-04-26 10:49:42 -0700

Volunteer

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published Recipes in News 2012-04-25 06:17:09 -0700

Recipes

Cooking with Nasturtium
Posted by · March 26, 2012 11:53 AM · 1 reaction

Recipe: Pickled Watermelon Rind
Posted by · October 18, 2011 4:57 PM · 1 reaction

2010 Wrap-up
Posted by · January 08, 2011 11:02 AM · 2 reactions


published Lessons in News 2012-04-25 06:16:36 -0700

Lessons

Learning from the ground up!
Posted by · March 09, 2012 5:14 PM · 1 reaction

Garden Guess Who
Posted by · February 05, 2012 11:00 AM · 1 reaction

When Kids Make Salads
Posted by · November 11, 2011 5:07 PM · 1 reaction


published Fall is Here! in News 2012-04-24 14:26:30 -0700

Fall is Here!

With it, new classes and new garden plots! The students are back in school bringing great energy into the garden.

Since we're blessed with LA seasons, the children are having a hard time figuring out what "Fall" crops are (I'm sure most LA adults too!). We have been putting great efforts into teaching them which veggies are great to grow in this season. Additionally, the students have been working hard to planning the layout of their classroom gardens, weeding, laying out new soil and compost, and planting seeds in their classroom gardens. So far, we've planted beets, broccoli, brussell sprouts, turnips, radishes, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, chives, lettuce, blueberries, strawberries (isn't LA weather great?), and kale.

The turnips and peas are already starting to make their way above ground. I'll post pictures of it soon!

 


published Welcome to GSF's blog in News 2012-04-24 14:14:02 -0700

Welcome to GSF's blog

This site will be dedicated to keeping folks updated on what is going on at GSF. We will put up everything from notices of upcoming events to light-hearted musings on, and photos of, the day-to-day in our garden classrooms. We'd also like this site to be a place where the reader can get information on the other school garden projects in L.A. If you're involved with such a project, and would like us to post on what is happening with it, we'd be more than happy to. We hope that this site will become a hub for the community of school gardens, where members share their thoughts and concerns. To that end, we will frequently have guest bloggers from the community write entries on whatever is on their minds. We look forward to your readership and your comments.

Yours,

Roots1


published Personnel in About Us 2012-04-24 12:43:14 -0700

Personnel

Kathryn Kocarnik, Interim Co-Executive Director and Grand View Coordinator: kat@gardenschoolfoundation.org

Evah Hart, Interim Co-Executive Director and Wilshire Crest Coordinator: evah@gardenschoolfoundation.org

Laila Tamburini, Garden Manager: laila@gardenschoolfoundation.org

Rachel Black, Program Manager and Coordinator for Jackson and Rockdale: rachel@gardenschoolfoundation.org

Tashanda Giles, Americorps VISTA Development Associate: tashanda@gardenschoolfoundation.org

Elizabeth Hall, Americorps VISTA Development Associate: elizabeth@gardenschoolfoundation.org

Abigail Orosz, Extended Education Outreach Coordinator: abigail@gardenschoolfoundation.org

Board of Directors

Scott Flax, Artist & Designer

Richard Lee

Maggie Lobl, Treasurer - President, Echo Landscape Design

Hilary Maybank,  Secretary - Philanthropist

Kate Mulling,  Editor, Chalkboard Magazine

Ilene Resnik, Philanthropist

Michael Roberts, Chairman - Director, UCLA Center for Food Law and Policy

Maya Sharp

Jill Walsh, Co-Vice President, Earth Watch

Nat Zappia,  Professor, Whittier College

Advisory Committee

Jim Churchill - Churchill Farms

Roxana Jullapat - Cooks County

Gwen Kvavli Gulliksen - Harvest Sensations

Evan Kleiman - KCRW's Good Food, LA Food Policy Council Member

Tara Maxey - HeirloomLA

Phil McGrath - McGrath Family Farms, LA Food Policy Council Member

Yvonne Savio -  www.GardeningInLA.net; retired UCCE Master Gardener Program, LA County

Nancy Silverton - Osteria Mozza

John Walsh - J. Paul Getty Museum (Emeritus)

Corina Weibel - Canelé Restaurant

Board Emeritus

Nancy Goslee Power, Founding Chair

Karen Haas, Founding Board Member

Pamela Kelly, Chair 

Amelia Saltsman, Author, The Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook

 

 

 


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