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Let’s Plant Some Peas!

Let’s Pop Some Pea Seeds into the Garden! Whether it rains or snows, pea plants are one of the stars of spring planting. Like other cool weather crops, peas can be planted in these March and April days of changing weather. Choose between lower bush varieties or the climbing types of peas (check the seed […]

Bountiful Harvest at Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center’s School Garden

At the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center, green thumbs were out in force as students teamed up with H.O.P.E. Gardens for a rewarding harvest. Pumpkins, seeds, carrots, tomatillos, basil, tomatoes, radishes, cucamelons, sunflowers, marigolds, and zinnias were among the treasures plucked from the thriving school garden. The excitement was palpable as bags were filled to the […]

Tomato Taste Test: From Skeptic to Enthusiast

In a recent tomato taste test, this young boy embarked on a delightful culinary adventure. He and his class meticulously examined three distinct tomato varieties: the standard supermarket fare, the artisanal produce from the farmer’s market, and the homegrown treasures fresh from the school garden. With a blend of curiosity and caution, he prodded at […]

A Day of Discovery at Oriole Park School Garden

Excitement radiated through the Oriole Park School Garden as eager children finally stepped into the octagonal oasis they had helped to plant and tend in May and June. Over the summer break the garden had transformed beyond recognition, now a symphony of sunflowers, zinnias, and cosmos, inviting pollinators and students alike to partake in its […]

Poverty, Privilege and Pumpkin Seeds

Poverty, Privilege and Pumpkin Seeds Today as I was preparing my favorite breakfast food, American fries with onions, I thought of how privileged I was to have a home and food to prepare. As I adjusted the flame on the stove my thoughts shifted to a young girl’s face and a conversation I had with […]

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