Harvesting our salad garden


We had planned on harvesting our salad garden today but the weather report forcasted rain.  Being proactive, and not wanting to put it off another week, we took the kids out to the garden to harvest yesterday.  I would bring the greens and peas home, clean them, and we could make the salad with the class today, as planned.

No matter how many times we do this project, I still am amazed each time with the kid’s response.  Those kids who usually turn their noses up at anything that nearly resembles a vegetable seem to change their tone when they grow it themselves.  They are excited and want to be a part of it, planting, tending, harvesting, and eating.  Some still look to each other, to see if they should take a bite, but it does help to sweeten the deal with a little ranch dressing.  And, of course, there is always that one kid, whose stubborness gets in the way, and they refuse to try it, making a loud fuss, repeating over and over, they don’t eat whatever it is we have prepared.  Some of that, I am sure, is a ploy for attention, and find it best to briefly explain they don’t have to eat it, but would like them to try, and be done.

Here are some of the pictures from the harvest.





And here are some of the pictures from the salad making class.  I was so happily surprised at the children’s response!  They loved it (most of them) and wanted more!  I had to, eventually, cut them off, as we needed to save some for the other class.  They kept asking for “just one more”.







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One Comment on “Harvesting our salad garden”

  1. Stef Alonso
    March 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Great Pics!
    Sofia, from Mrs. Benevides’s class can’t stop raving about your purple cabbage salad. That’s very strange why she didn’t like it when I introduced it to her before. Thanks for being very health conscious and teaching them about foods they would not normally like.
    Keep up the good work!

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