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What a week it has been! Edible schoolyard was a great rotation to start my internship! Here are some things I worked on during the week:

Monday we met with April and discussed some curriculum options for us to brainstorm. That night I brainstormed topics for table toppers in the cafeterias. The schools have implemented a system for the tables that includes a fresh plant in water, a compost bucket and an informational sheet they like to call table toppers. They are printed and put into 4×6 frames each week.

The first topic that came to mind was milk. I got the chance to observe lunch Tuesday and I was confused at the number of kids who ate the entire piece of fruit and all their veggies, but didn’t open the milk. I know there is a high prevalence of lactose intolerance in the African American community, but this could not justify the amount of milk being wasted. Milk has turned into the table topper for next week. Here are the 3 table toppers I completed!

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With the information for the table toppers, I made a monthly parent newsletter. This is brand new to edible schoolyard, so I was honored when April asked me to head up the first one and provide a standard for the ones to come. Here is the one I completed!

September Newsletter

The list of tasks I did this week goes on and on. But some highlights include clipping and making herb bundles, watching the kids make pesto, food ABCs with the kindergarteners, planting marigolds and cucumbers with the 2nd graders, and hanging out with our preceptor April! She has a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America but chooses to spend her time helping school food reform and teaching kids about eating healthy and gardening. Seriously need to be a special person to do that!!

I took plenty of pictures to show you some of the edible schoolyard gardens and kitchens. I only wish I had the opportunity to do something like this in grammar school. It is a great program and the kids LOVE it. I went to Samuel Green today to help a 1st grade garden class de-worm the soil that the worms created from the compost. All the scholars know what goes into the compost and what it does. In fact, each table in the cafeteria has a small compost bucket available to them. And they use it!! Here are the pictures, ad nauseam.

The garden at Samuel Green Charter School

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The teaching kitchen at Samuel Green Charter School

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Langston Hughes Charter School has chickens in this garden. Slightly odd..no completely strange. I quote the gardener when someone walked out. This was her greeting. “Wanna pet the chicken? You can pet Elizabeth. She looks like she needs a good rub down.” Umm no thank you.

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It was definitely a great week! I learned so much about this program in the charter schools. It is nice to see so many of the kids enthusiastic about gardening and eating healthy. Side note: next spring the scholars will harvest the peanuts. How cool!!

Up next: WIC state office in Benson Towers for 1 week.

Until next time! Eat Smart and Move More. And Geaux Tigers and Saints!!!

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