Here we are almost halfway through June! Only a couple weeks until SCHOOL IS OUT for SUMMER! An exciting time as our world gets more vibrant, more green, and more colorful each day. Our peas at both Fort River and Wildwood are growing up and showing some remarkable color. Observing each stage of the pea’s life cycle is a great complement to the 2nd great soil unit where students follow a plant’s life cycle from seed to fruit. We started the peas 2 weeks earlier this year in hopes the students can REALLY see them and TASTE their fresh sweet sugar snap good-ness.
Our fun doesn’t stop with plants…Last week at Fort River Elementary, gourmet mushroom expert Willie Crosby joined us for a short lesson on mushrooms followed by the making of a mushroom woodchip bed on the inside of the pea bed!
This complements the plant science unit nicely specifically when we talk about decomposition. With Ms. Monica Bhomik’s 2nd Grade class we learned and had fun with a new word…MYCELIUM. This is the thread like network of the mushrooms “root-like” structures that stretch far and wide under ground. It is through the MYCELIUM mushrooms absorb nutrients. Check out local mushroom expert and cultivator Willie Crosby at http://www.fungially.com.
We look forward to deepening our connections in the school curriculum and community to expand our activities in these school gardens which serve as blossoming OUTDOOR LIVING CLASSROOMS! If you’d like to get involved, contact Sarah @ firstname.lastname@example.org !
Interested in fun summer activities? Join Grow Food Amherst for our Summer Workshop and Event Series at the Wednesday Kendrick Park Farmers Market! Featuring special activities for kids! Every Wednesday through the summer from 4-5 (Market runs 2-6!) at Kendrick Park in Amherst (across from Bertucci’s) SEE YOU THERE!