Welcome! This blog follows the building, cultivating, and harvesting of the Lakewood Elementary schoolyard garden in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since January 2009, the Edible Peace Patch Project has been developing innovative community-oriented food system and nutrition educational programs in south St. Petersburg, Florida. Lakewood Elementary is the 1st school to participate in our Garden Education Program!
This week we're going over plant parts in order to teach the kids what each function of the parts do to contribute to the whole. I drew a picture of a flower with a stem, leaves and roots to demonstrate the plant parts we were discussing and to really drive the introduction home, we pretended we were plants with our pretty faces as flowers, our bodies as stems, our arms were leaves and our feet were roots. We followed this introduction with a garden tour and each kid was tasked with the objective of finding a plant of their own to draw. This point of this exercise is to get the kids to notice that each plant has these same characteristics as we just went over. I think the kids enjoyed themselves, they all really like to color and they love being in the garden and getting a chance to observe the growth that's taken place over the week.