December 2009


UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to wet winter weather, GSF is canceling tomorrow’s garden workday.  However, we are still hosting our sustainable holiday fair at the 24th Street School.  All proceeds will benefit the Garden School Foundation.  Our organic products include Frog Hollow Farm Jams, Eatwell Salts, San Marcos Farms, Avocado and Wild Sage Honeys, Intelligentsia Coffee, La Provence cupcakes, Adina Juices and an array of holiday cookies and fresh baked goods perfect for everyone’s holiday entertaining or gift giving!

So although there’s no work tomorrow, please come by and support GSF!

GSF will be hosting a Sustainable Holiday Gift Sale alongside our monthly workday this  Saturday, 12/12 (9-12) at the 24th Street Elementary School.

Our sale will be featuring amazing, sustainable organic products from Frog Hollow Farm Jams, Eatwell Salts, San Marcos Farms, Avocado and Wild Sage Honeys, Intelligentsia Coffee, La Provence cupcakes, Adina Juices and an array of holiday cookies and fresh baked goods perfect for everyone’s holiday entertaining or gift giving!

So bring your shovel and work gloves, work up an appetite, and buy some delicious organic gifts on 12/12!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to our last workday.

Bring your garden gear (garden gloves, some water, sunscreen, a shovel or pitchfork).  We will be doing more winter planting, building some infrastructure, making new beds, and many other tasks.

Date: Saturday, 12/12/2009

Time: 9:00am- 12:00pm

The address is:  2055 West 24th Street, Los Angeles

Directions: From the I-10 Freeway:  take the “Western Avenue” exit (3 miles west of downtown) and head south on Western.  Take a right turn on 24th Street.  The school and parking lot will be on the right-hand side on the east side of school.  There will be plenty of street parking as well.  Look for the banner reading “24th Street School Workday” and enter through those gates.

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This week, USA Today came out with an interesting article titled: Fast-food standards for meat top those for school lunches.

” In the past three years, the government has provided the nation’s schools with millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn’t meet the quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants, from Jack in the Box and other burger places to chicken chains such as KFC, a USA TODAY investigation found.”

After a recent visit to our own school’s cafeteria (my experience will be posted soon!), I’d probably agree. It really makes you think about what the kids are eating and how it’s going to affect their health in the future… or even now!

—————– Reminder!!! ——————

Get out of your muddy garden gear and into something fresh and clean and join us at our upcoming GSF fundraiser this Friday, 12/4, 6-9 PM at NGPA’s Barn Studio. We will be celebrating our accomplishments over the past year and Nancy Power’s recent book, Power of Gardens.

Our event will feature wine and delicious Italian food cooked by our very own Chef Gino Campagna!

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door.  Please feel free to pay in advance and use our automated paypal payment system located on our website:

www.gardenschoolfoundation.org

All proceeds will benefit the Garden School Foundation.

Where: Nancy Goslee Power & Associates Barn Studio
1660 Stanford Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

When: December 04, 2009 at 6:00- 9:00 PM

Fee: $35.00


See you then!

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With gardens popping up in more and more schools, some schools are actually taking outdoor learning one step above. At the private Waldork School, they now have Forest Kindergarten!  Here’s an excerpt:

“SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Fat, cold droplets splashed from the sky as the students struggled into their uniforms: rain pants, boots, mittens and hats. Once buttoned and bundled, they scattered toward favorite spaces: a crab apple tree made for climbing, a cluster of bushes forming a secret nook under a willow tree, a sandbox growing muddier by the minute.

They planted garlic bulbs, discovered a worm. The rain continued to fall. It was 8:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, and the Waldorf School’s “forest kindergarten” was officially in session.

Schools around the country have been planting gardens and planning ever more elaborate field trips in hopes of reconnecting children with nature. The forest kindergarten at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs is one of a handful in the United States that are taking that concept to another level: its 23 pupils, ages 3 ½ to 6, spend three hours each day outside regardless of the weather. This in a place where winter is marked by snowdrifts and temperatures that regularly dip below freezing. “ (read more here)

How exciting! I’m ecstatic that more and more schools are recognizing the benefits of outdoor learning! Although I’m pretty certain that a forest will never spontaneously appear in downtown LA, I’m loving that there are so many different ways kids can participate through experiential learning. I might be a little bias, but learning through nature is the best way to go!