10.28.2021 Budding Plant Scientists

Budding Plant Scientists

“Becoming Plant Scientists” is the theme of our fall garden lessons. During the three part garden lesson series students have had the opportunity to make scientific observations as they become plant scientist in the garden.

The second lesson focused on food preservation. We discussed the five types of preservation and how inventions and climate affect the methods people use to make food last.  Classes got to harvest garden goodies then work together to use a recipe to make their own jar of pickles.  After waiting one or two days the pickles were used for a class snack.

During the third lesson we study different types of roots. This study pairs perfectly with the caring work needed in the garden as temperatures drop. Students pull plants that are done producing for the season. Then they identify the root type and discuss why plants need different root systems. 

If you have a budding plant scientist they will benefit from reflecting on the observations made in their school garden this fall.  Ask what new experience was a highlight of their time in the garden. 
GROW Team Highlight

With the expansion of our team we would like to help you get to know GROW a little more by highlighting one of our staff members or interns in each newsletter.  

Meet Shelly Staehly, Garden Educator at Hamilton / SOTA I Elementary School.  Shelly has always loved gardening and getting her hands dirty.  Gardening has been a learning experience for her as she continues to learn and grow along the way.  She graduated with an education degree from UW-La Crosse and from there, headed out west to Colorado where she taught second grade.  She loved watching her students explore and always made it her goal to instill a love of learning in whatever comes their way.  Moving back to the midwest with her husband, Chad and her two boys, Booker and Ethan, Shelly is excited to get back into teaching and GROW is a perfect fit for her.  She believes that getting students excited about eating healthy while growing their own food is most important and so valuable for all children.
Volunteer Appreciation 

We have a team of volunteers that tend to the gardens multiple times each week from early spring until late fall.  All of this work makes it possible for our gardens to thrive as a place for students to learn and observe the natural world.  We also have groups of volunteers who show up on work days to make large projects happen.  Our interns who are all volunteers, make a huge impact on the reach of our programs.  Thank you to all of these people who enable us to connect youth to healthy food and nature!
Thank you for supporting GROW!