Falling into the School Year

Falling into the School Year

Lesson 1 – Garden Celebration

Last week, Hintgen Elementary students taste tested salsa made from ingredients grown in their own garden. You can try this recipe at home, also.

Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe


  • 2-3 medium tomatoes (diced) or 15-20 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ Cup Sweet Peppers (diced)
  • 1 Cup Cucumbers (seeded and diced)
  • 2 Tomatillos (optional)
  • ½  Cup red onion (or onion of choice)
  • 1-2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • ¼ Cup Cilantro (chopped) or 10 cilantro sprigs
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Spicy Pepper (optional–dependent on how spicy or sweet you desire)


  1. Gather all ingredients and cooking supplies.
  2. Chop all ingredients using a knife or a type of food processor.  Items can be chopped to your desired size depending on how chunky you would like it.
  3. Mix all ingredients into a container or bowl. 
  4. Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl.
  5. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  6. Taste and add more of an ingredient until you get the taste you desire.
  7. Enjoy with tortilla chips, on top of tacos or burritos or on fish.

*try using other foods to experiment with flavor:  mango, pineapple, spices, corn kernels

Thank you for Hintgen PTO for making this lesson possible.

Future UWL Student Teachers

On Tuesday, September 17th, future UWL student educators came to Hintgen Elementary to immerse themselves into the school garden. These students were given knowledge of the garden in order to be prepared to lead their own future classes in school garden space.

With the help of the Hintgen 5th graders, the UWL student teachers were able to practice teaching in this outdoors space.

We were lucky to have other guests present including: the La Crosse Tribune, News 8000, and WXOW. Thank you, local media, for joining us and covering this special day.

Hoop House

With your help, we have almost completed the rebuild of the State Road Elementary’s Hoop House! We want to thank all the volunteers who have put hard work into this project, including those who helped this past Sunday, September 15th.

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