Greening Group

The Sam Hughes Greening Group!

Spring is in the Air!

posted Mar 18, 2013, 12:05 PM by Ginette Roth   [ updated Mar 18, 2013, 12:07 PM ]

Presently we are tasting what we planted in the garden!!! Our 3rd graders are enjoying their morning snacks of kale, beet greens, broccoli, snap peas, carrots and lettuce. They are even making their own dip using healthy ingredients.

Our 5th graders are busy keeping their garden beds free of weeds and working hard selling their vegetables on Thursdays! Some of the vegetables they are selling presently are: lettuce, snap peas, kale, mustard greens, cilantro, calendula flowers, mint and dill.

Speaking of tasting, new on Thursdays after school, you can taste the vegetables that are grown in the 3-5 garden, as they are made into a salad. Come and check out our mini farmers market, complete with our artisan bread-maker, our vegetable stand and salad tasting!

Upcoming  events include:

EARTH DAY SHOE SWAP!  Please start saving your unwanted shoes that are clean and in a happy condition. During the week of Earth Day, we will be swapping shoes in the courtyard. Adult shoes accepted also…. There will also be other activities that week, to be announced! If you are interested in adding an activity related to Earth Day, please let us know!

GARDEN HELP NEEDED! In our garden area, there are always weeds to be picked. Please feel free to come pull weeds any time, or just come to visit. This is an especially fun experience for the younger siblings of our students. Friday mornings, there will be an adult leader in the garden before the first bell rings. Come one, come all!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the volunteers who help make our school greener!


Fall Happenings in the Garden

posted Mar 18, 2013, 11:58 AM by Ginette Roth   [ updated Mar 18, 2013, 12:09 PM ]

Tohono O'odham Ha:l squash       packaging squash seeds
In the fall, our 4th graders learned a lot about harvesting seeds as they picked the Tohono O’odham Ha:l squash (similar to pumpkins) collected and packaged the seeds for future use. Some of the students took home the squash and turned it into muffins to share with the rest of their classmates. There was even a squash pie to taste!
 The 4th graders also grew an array of beans, including Tepary and O’odham Pink, harvested the dried beans, then ate them in the form of bean dip. After picking weekly for many weeks, they were able to pick 2lbs. of beans. YUM!

Our 4th graders are also getting the Southwest corner of the school ready for their upcoming “Earth Keepers” desert habitat! They are also planting their garlic for the 2nd annual garlic growing contest.




posted Aug 6, 2012, 11:58 AM by Ginette Roth

 chemicals used here....
Our garden has grown over the summer! Tomatoes, basil and armenian cucumbers are in full production. In a few months, we will be harvesting melons and squash planted with native seeds, as well as pumpkin and gourds later in the fall. Who planted all these gardens you ask?
All of the flowers and vegetables in our garden were planted by the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in the spring! We are looking forward to another green year with our wonderful Sam Hughes kids working in the garden, learning about recycling and solar energy and beautifying our school!
Parents, we are always needing volunteers in the garden and beyond! If you are a kinder,1st or 2nd grade parent interested in helping out in you class garden, please email Theresa at If you are interested in helping with the older grades or simply want to get your hands dirty in the big garden, please email Ginette at
ATTENTION!!!! Please hold on to all your unwanted items for our 4th Annual Rummage to raise money for our greening projects! This sale will take place in November!

Highlights of this year in the garden!

posted Mar 15, 2012, 10:25 PM by Ginette Roth   [ updated Aug 26, 2012, 3:09 PM ]

At the end of the school year, our 5th graders were able to pick the garlic they had planted months earlier. A garlic growing contest was born....
Ms. Barry's class picked the giant cabbage......                                    .....and made coleslaw
Earth day events in the courtyard!!! MAY 2012
 eating solar-baked cookies in the courtyard!                        making gourd birdhouses! Thank you Susan Modisett!
healthy smoothies. YUM!                                                                             which seed belongs to which vegetable???
Spring is here and the 5th grade gardens are ready for harvest! Some of Ms. Barry's students picked, prepared and sold vegetables after school. They sold plenty of lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, parsley, and strawberry plants. All proceeds will be used toward future gardening expenses. Thank you to all of you who support our young gardeners!
strawberries being created                                              harvesting for the sale!


              first garden stand of the year!

First carrots tasted this year!

posted Feb 1, 2012, 10:18 AM by Ginette Roth

Our 5th grade gardeners thinned the carrots in their garden this week and actually found sweet and yummy baby carrots to try! Last week, some students took home bags of lettuce. We are beginning this year's harvest!

The gardens are growing! Our 3rd graders have replanted their barrels with winter-happy plants such as peas, carrots, spinach, lettuce and one giant cabbage! The 4th graders have planted their plot with desert surviving vegetables. All the seeds used in their garden were provided by Native Seed Search, including O'odham Green Peas, O'odham Litois Onion, Mostaza Roja and pink lentils. Wow!
The fifth graders are having a garlic growing competition! They are also growing many winter greens and keeping their strawberry patch alive. Will we have strawberries this year???? We will soon see.
Come one, come all to visit the gardens at our school. Feel free to pull a weed a many weeds!

The Garden is Expanding!

posted Nov 20, 2011, 8:42 PM by Ginette Roth

Thank you to ALL the parent and community volunteers who helped plan and build the irrigation and fence in our new garden! Parents and students, please take some time to check out the new happenings in the garden and admire our new garden sign, kindly made and donated by Steve Dunn!
Our 3rd Annual RUMMAGE SALE on November 5th was a great sucess! Thank you to all who donated goods, to all the volunteers who worked on this fundraiser and especially to those who came to the sale to support our school. We raised $1833 which is almost double what was raised last year! These funds will be used for future endeavors which will certainly include expanding the mural seen behind the students in the above photo.
Every Thursday, our 5th graders come to work in the garden. Last month, they harvested the biggest Armenian cucumber and collected the seeds from it. These seeds will be used for next year's planting. Good work!

It is just the beginning...

posted Sep 5, 2011, 3:03 PM by Ginette Roth   [ updated Sep 5, 2011, 3:18 PM ]

Who wants to work in the garden when it's 100 degrees outside?
Well, the armeniam cucumbers are working hard and so are the tomato plants. The basil too. The pumpkin seedlings have slowly progressed to full-fledged plants. Will we harvest pumkins this year?
The fencing and gates are almost complete, and our brave 5th graders are ready to begin their garden chores.
Come to the SouthEast entrance of the school on Thursdays and you will have a chance to sample the Sam Hughes Garden vegetables!

Graduation Day May 2011!

posted Aug 20, 2011, 4:49 PM by Ginette Roth   [ updated Aug 20, 2011, 5:08 PM ]

Graduation Day!
Goodbye 5th graders!!!! (not all students in photo)
Ms. Barry's class had a great year in the garden!
In the last month of school, they helped build a fence around the garden to help keep the critters away, especially the javelinas. They also had a "pick a carrot, eat a carrot" day where all the carrots were pulled and shared. There definitely were enough for all! So many, that the students brought carrots over to the younger students waiting for the school bus. Nice surprise!
This year, the students planted, weeded, thinned, fertilized with fish emulsion, harvested, sold their produce, built a fence and ate lots of vegetables! Good luck in middle school!

Earth Day Fun!!!

posted May 7, 2011, 1:48 PM by Ginette Roth   [ updated May 7, 2011, 2:31 PM ]

On Wednesday, April 20th, the students were treated to a fun-filled and educational day!
Learning all about solar power!!    Today, we watched demonstrations on our solar fountain, a solar powered lightbulb and solar ovens! The students were able to sample a cookie made by these ovens which reached a temperature of 350 degrees!
After school, families gathered in the courtyard to make bee habitats with Greg Corman, who gratiously donated his time talking to us about bees and helping make these important homes for our local bees. Thank you Greg! Also, we were able to make bird houses and feeders form birdhouse gourds kindly donated by the Wuertz family farm. The students also collected seeds from birdhouse gourds, okra, hollyhock and devil's claw. The seeds were free to those who wanted some and the rest will be saved for our future seed library. Other students chose to make beautiful frames out of paper and also made clay creations for our Ben's Bells project. Grapefruit juice form our trees was tasted by all! Thank you to all the volunteers who made this a successful Sam Hughes day!!! 


posted Apr 12, 2011, 10:40 AM by Ginette Roth   [ updated Apr 12, 2011, 11:00 AM ]

On Wednesday, April 20th, we will celebrate Earth Day with some special events!

- make a birdhouse with unique materials
- make a native bee habitat to invite pollinators into your yard
- work with seeds
- eat food cooked in a solar oven
- share a healthy snack with friends
- participate in the annual shoe swap
After lunch break, there will be a solar demonstration in the courtyard! There might even be a solar oven-baked cookie to sample!
After school in the courtyard, we will be making bee habitats, bird houses and collecting seeds for our future seed library! We will also be sampling some of Sam Hughes School's famous grapefruit juice. YUM!!!
Please bring an adult with you to participate in these fun activities!
Also, the SHOE SWAP is ongoing. So far approximately 30 pairs of shoes have found a new home! Please bring in your unwanted shoes this week. They are now being displayed on the stage in the courtyard.
Are you interested in gardening, recycling, beautification at your child's school? We need you!!! Call Ginette Roth 795-0834 or Kim Huxman 327-2105 for more information!


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