Friday, December 27, 2013

Bonfire with the 3rd Grade!

One of the great things about the weather getting colder is a nice bonfire! The third grade got to enjoy burning some of the wood pile, and also enjoy eating and roasting radishes and sorrel from the garden! A couple Kindergarten students were also there to join the fun!

At the end, they had fun putting the fire out with water, and also getting in a group circle to taste broccoli fresh from the garden! One finger up meant they wanted to try broccoli a little and two fingers up meant they liked broccoli a lot! Many realized it tastes a lot fresher than store bought broccoli, with a much different flavor!

BBBBiscuits! 8th Grade Farm Business

The 8th Grade has been busy working on a farm based business making garlic, cheddar, chive biscuit dough from scratch in the school kitchen. They named their business  BBBBiscuits! and offered pre-ordered frozen biscuit dough for pick up just before school got out for Christmas.  They had to limit sales quite a bit for fear of not being able to keep up with demand.  So far they have learned about supply and demand, gross vs. net profits, just how much work it takes to come up with and make a product, bottom line (profit) vs. triple bottom line (profit, social good and environmental good), and more. 

Sarah reads the recipe while Daniel and Denis add together the dry ingredients.

Here are all of our dry ingredients, ready for butter and buttermilk.
Alex cuts up the fresh butter to add to the mix.
Camilla cuts in the butter using a pastry blender.

Daniel and Denis concentrate on mincing garlic and chives.

Sarah Sophia just sticks with the garlic.

I'm not sure what Daniela and Sarah are doing here.  Maybe trying to decide if Daniel and Denis did a good enough job?

A few pointers on chopping from our adult baking volunteer of the day, Jeanne.

Many thanks to our photographer, Anne Haas, for taking such beautiful photos.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

What To Do With Daikon

Third grade parent Dave Swanson sent me this photo of what to do with daikon radishes.  Since people often ask me that very question at the market table, I thought I'd post it.  He didn't give me the recipe, but it looks to me like he sauteed daikon slices, and shiitake, maybe with a little soy sauce and then threw the avocado chunks in afterward.  (He told me there is shiitake in the mix, otherwise I'd never know).  Looks tasty!

7th Grade Farm Feast

The 7th Grade finished up their farm experience this semester with a feast featuring food made with ingredients from the farm thus completing the connection between farm and table. 

First we met and chatted briefly about our farm block and what we liked best about it.

We had a quick blessing for the bounty of our harvest.

We were awed by how beautiful all of our food choices were.

One unexpected treat was late summer watermelon that grew straight out of the compost pile, probably from seed that came from last spring's Field Day watermelons.
At last we formed a line an started filling our plates.

Then, we dug in and ate.  Everything was delicious. 

As a final good by to gardening block, some of us became beautiful fairies!?!

The End.

Breeding Nutrition Out of Food

Here is a link to an interesting graphic recently published in the NY Times that shows how some of our foods have changed as we have changed the way grow them - from wild to current production methods.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Watermelon, Horses and Rabbit, Oh My!

The 3rd Grade met at the farm and gathered as a group for questions before splitting up to do tasks.


Watermelon that grew out of the compost pile from seed that came from last spring's Field Day was collected on the table. 

 After chores were done, the horses were paid a small visit and given a few apples!


One group planted oats.

Another group emptied classroom compost buckets and rinsed them out.

Some of the children were sent to get hay to cover the compost.  They seem to have gotten a little distracted!

A small blue tailed skink was found and given some water on this very bright and hot day!

Another group weeded the raspberry bushes and even got to taste a few!

A caterpillar was just barely dangling from the fence.  We watched it over the next few days and found that it was forming a chrysalis.

The beekeeper, Annallys Goodwin Landher, also came to the farm that day and visited with 3rd grade while the chickens roamed about.

Our bunny, Mr. Gustavo, received lots of attention!

Photos and narration by Anne Haas.