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!
Happy Friday from the Lakewood Peace
Patch! Today we were supposed to finish up the week with our 'water'
lesson, but unfortunately only one of our classes came out, and they
only had 10 minutes to spare, so we spent the time exploring all the
gorgeous beds. I had a great discussion with some first graders about
how the cabbage plants look just like giant roses, it's so
interesting to watch them slowly fold themselves into individual
The air was sticky and the temperatures
were high but we stuck it out and did a lot of weeding! The plants
are looking wonderful, and it looks like they'll be getting some much
needed rain this weekend, as one of our kids said “no need to water
today I bet, it's totally going to rain, and that's just like, like a
bazzillion water hoses.. in the sky!” The corn is as tall as i've
seen it in Florida, lots of squash, peppers, peas, and greens are
growing, and we're starting to see some tomatoes and more pineapple
blooms, even the okra is making an appearance!
The spring has totally constructed a
new image for our garden, it looks so different than it did even a
few weeks ago! With that said, the kids are very excited and even the
students that don't come out to garden have been asking about the
Harvest Festival, still a few weeks away, but definitely an event to
look forward to, everyone is getting very excited!!