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Garden Activities by Grade 
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A Letter from Nancy: The Garden Needs YOU this Summer! 


Dear Littlebrook:


I was fortunate to take over a gorgeous working garden from my friend and fellow Garden Educator, Priscilla Hayes, in August of 2016.  The Littlebrook garden is in a courtyard in the middle of the school so it is protected from deer and groundhogs (but not from squirrels, insects and birds).  There are 7(?) raised beds that get great sunlight where we grow most of our vegetable crops.  The children plant and tend the beds.  

 

The garden is tended by volunteers in the summer and summer proceeds are donated to a local food pantry (see below).

 

Beds are planted by plant family so we can rotate our crops to prevent disease and insect problems without chemicals.  

 

For example:

  • The Brassica bed grows broccoli, kohlrabi, bok choy and mustard.  
  • The Nightshade bed grows tomatoes, peppers, okra and tomatillo.  It also grows basil and parsley.  
  • The Potato bed grows potatoes and sweet potatoes (not actually a potato). 
  • There is also a Strawberry bed, a Sensory bed, a Native Plant bed and a Shade bed.


Two beds of lettuce were also planted, harvested and washed (the first time) by first graders. We grew enough lettuce for salads for the whole school three times!  It was served with pizza lunch on Friday.

 

The middle of three beds were planted by the third grade students studying Colonial America.  They followed in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson who had a yearly race with his neighbor to see who had the “first peas to the table”.  Our kindergarten students planted carrots and beets around the outside of the beds.

 

The fourth graders again planted the three sisters Native American garden where corn is used as a support for pole beans and squash surrounds them both to control weeds and provide shade.  We even planted tobacco (flowering tobacco) and sunflowers.  Fourth graders also provided the muscles and energy to mulch and weed!  I wish we could harness that energy!

 

Fourth graders also planted the pizza garden with tomatoes, basil, onions, garlic and peppers.  We’ll make pizza in the fall when they are in fifth grade!

 

Our second graders who are studying insects worked on a major overhaul of the existing butterfly garden.  Our milkweeds, as are most milkweeds, are devastated by aphids.  It became difficult to collect enough milkweed to feed the caterpillars they collect, observe and release each fall.  They researched what plants attract pollinators and especially which plants attract aphid eating insects.  We ordered the seeds, grew and then planted our seedlings.  So far it is working.  We are seeing many lady beetles and hoverflies eating the aphids!

 

We also applied for and received a butterfly way station designation and sign from Monarch Watch.

 

In the fall, the students enjoy the proceeds of our beautiful garden.  Third and fifth graders made salsa, second graders made potato pancakes, kindergarteners made pickles and first graders make pasta sauce.

 

I will continue with the garden this summer but it won’t be the same without the Littlebrook students.  If you can join me, I’ll be at Littlebrook on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11.  Sign up for a slot or two here or just call or text me so I know who’s coming: 609 977 5504.

 

You have wonderful kids!

 

Nancy

 

Nancy Nicosia

Littlebrook Garden Educator






Wondering what happened to all of the produce lovingly planted and cared for by LB children last year? Last summer, we donated a lot of it to the Cornerstone Community Kitchen and we plan to do it again this year! Many thanks to Mrs. Friend, our Science Teacher, for taking the time to deliver the harvests.


  




Please Note: The Garden Committee needs YOU! 


Want to learn more about the school garden? Or do you want to share your gardening, nutrition or cooking skills with students? The Garden Committee is always seeking additional members. So, please consider donating your time and your talents to keep our garden blooming! For more information, just email Jenny Ludmer at jennyludmer@gmail.com.




Want to know what happened in the LB Garden Last Year?

Read the Garden Updates from 2015-2016




The Garden Committee is currently run by Jenny Ludmer (jennyludmer@gmail.com) and Wiebke Martens (martens_wiebke@yahoo.com). Please contact either of us for more information about the garden.