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Our season is winding down here at Avalon and it was time for the kids to harvest their lettuce crops.  

I must say it was great to go from seed to plant to table!  That is the current rage after all !  

Anyway, it was time to pick the lettuce and pick they did, filling their bags with lettuce to take home to make a salad.

I included a salad dressing recipe that was easy enough for the kids to make with their parents. 

Here are some of the best shots…. taken by our fantastic intern Emily, who is on break from Gettysburg College.  We love her!!!!

Our Kindergartner group… getting down and dirty…. so proud of them!!!

 

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Miss Mae 🙂

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Dasi,,, always gentle … even with her lettuce!

 

 

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Our energetic group of 1st – 3rd graders.  A curious and interested group of kids!!!

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There I am… I think it’s my first appearance on my blog!!!  

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Smiley toothless Hannah… today we compared all of the wiggly and loose teeth the group had!!

 

 

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Silly Boys!

 

 

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In the end I hope the kids will remember the time they grew their own lettuce and that it will encourage them to have their own gardens at home.  We are all so used to going to the supermarket to get our food but to actually have a hand in growing a part of your meal it is even  more meaningful!!!  Bravo to all these young gardeners.  My biggest question is who actually had salad for dinner????

Let me know!

Peace, Sue

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Well not really, but today the kids planted their pizza garden.  It is comprised of tomatoes, onion, pepper, oregano, parsley and basil. 

They worked hard to create the homemade separations for their garden, comprised of wood found in the pile of branches out back behind the barn.  But first we had to make the branches fit.

It was the perfect opportunity for all the kids to use a saw.  It was interesting to see how each child had their own level of tolerance for the effort they were willing to put into making a cut in the branch.  

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 To me sawing wood seems so primitive.  One of the kids said, “get out the chain saw!”   No way!!!

 It is an invaluable lesson for each of these kids to know what it is to work hard at something. They are so desensitized to swords, guns and other weaponry from watching TV or playing video games.  But to actually hold something sharp and use it in a real way helps to  create a form of respect.    Most of them have never sawed anything before.   They did a great job and no fingers or toes were lost.

 

As a result they were able to divide their pizza garden into six sections with the branches they sawed.  Pretty darn good effort!  Then the planting and watering occurred.  I am so excited to see how the garden will grow. Wish us luck!!!

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Hey it’s not the most perfect looking garden, BUT it is theirs.  So glad it is raining today!!!

Perhaps I’ll have to buy them a pizza for our last class….. their crops won’t be ready til the summer!  But it will be worth the wait.

Bravo kids!!!

This place, this magical place where kids open their minds ….. Avalon Park.

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Laying on the stone wall, my view of the barn at Avalon

Where our children arrive ready for a new adventure. It is never the same.  For today my 9, 10, and 11 year olds will be given the gift of creating their own garden.  That means visiting the shed, getting the tools and weeding.  This process will make this garden theirs.  It is not readied by a landscaper or a parent.  It is their sweat which will make this a success.  And so it begins…. a place of their own.

 

Ah yes the pesky weeds are afoot!!!  Go get em !!!!

 

 

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I loved standing back, listening to them talking to one another, laughing, complaining, and some of them taking charge.  It is a magical process which we as adults sometimes interrupt before it happens.   Look at these amazing young kids!

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Liam and Chris get started

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Hazel contributing her weeds to the pile!

 

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Garden Gold!

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Something is going on here

I know these kids went home tired but they were still smiling when they completed their mission.  I am always to happy to hear that some of them have gardens at home.  And for those who don’t they have this place of their own.

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The aftermath!

Bravo, Kathryn, Sophia, Shannon, Hazel, Liam and Chris!!  Next week we plant!!!