Growing the future

Last week, our family help put in the new garden at elementary school across the street, thanks to donated dirt and vegetables that Justin snagged from a local nursery.

Farmer D helped prepare the soil and Farmer J assisted the kids with planting: lettuce, kale and some wheatgrass.  Beautiful day, dirt and eager kids who loved getting their hands dirty. What more could a person ask to kick off the fist week of Spring?

Farmer D tells the kids about the importance of soil & worms

Here comes the DIRT!

Justin brings over the trays of vegetable plants

Inquisitive kids


The fun begins - planting!

Dig in!

In fact, we are very proud to say that our neighborhood school, inspired by its neighbors (wonder who? LOL) is only one badge away from becoming a GREEN RIBBON school.

Their new “nature playground” not only (now) has a vegetable garden but boast:

“Gone is the asphalt and concrete that had been the play area for many years.  In its place are uneven stepping stumps, a redwood cookie floor, a twisted tree trunk balance beam, classroom garden boxes, a dry creek bed, a bench surrounding their  100 year old magnolia tree, garden beds filled with native California plants to attract humming birds, bees and butterflies, bird houses for the local Pasadena bird population, and a natural shelter that serves as a playhouse for the children. “


Thank you to readers who donated, your support is greatly appreciated.

PS We will be back next week to finish planting the last bed.


  1. Leslie says:

    The lettuce makes sense, but the kale and the wheatgrass — I don’t know. How about something they’re familiar with and likely to eat, such as carrots? Or –maybe try some green peppers? Starting from the familiar and then moving on to kale and wheatgrass makes a little more sense to me. Great, great project in any case.

  2. Natalie, the Chickenblogger says:

    Eager to share this inspiring story with our own local school and gardening group, Sage Garden Project. You all are great neighbors… what a wonderful journey.

  3. elaine nieves says:

    What a great idea and wonderful project! I am sure that those children will remember the time they planted a garden even when they are adults. A terrific way to get them interested in growing their own veggies and fruits at home with mom and dad.

  4. elizabethanne says:

    This is awesome! I love how they were all using their plastic beach toys to actually plant and grow food! Growing a garden as a kid is so much fun, and I hope these kids remember that and continue long after they leave this school.

  5. Ginger says:

    Now these are lucky kids! About a hundred years ago, when I was in 5th grade, the cool teacher across the way planted a garden with his class for science. I was green with envy and would have loved learning botany hands-on. The kids across your street have 4 cool teachers.

  6. Adam says:

    Hey there,

    I am an avid reader of your blog and organic homestead gardener. I am looking for a new source of good dirt and compost to top off my boxes (we have 9 – 4’x10’s) and saw your post and thought you might have some good sources…please let me know!

    Thank you!

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