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!
For me, a landscape does not exist in its own
right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.
- Claude Monet
Today we taught the kids about the sun. Its age and its importance in processes like photosynthesis. They knew a lot already, like how it is a star and makes water evaporate. We discussed temperature differences between shade and sun and showed them the difference between a bucket of water left in the sun and a bucket of water left in the shade. We showed them eggplant that had been left in the sun...
and the eggplant that has yet to be picked from the garden.
They really seemed to enjoy the lesson. In particular, they had a lot of fun watering the garden at the end!
The banana plant is starting to look good again and the pineapple is looking great!
We also have some garbanzo beans growing, and I was able to pick a carrot for one of the students to share with the class.