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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Updates from Garden Camp: Bed Prep and Planting

By Kirsten Saylor, School Garden Coordinator

Third grade garden camp kicked off last month at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul. During camp, students learn about planting seeds, how to read a seed packet, care for seedlings, watch growth — and they harvest by May 15! If you haven’t already, you can read about Session One here: Third Grade Garden Camp Begins.

Session Two: Bed Prep

It couldn't have been a nicer day for the second session of Garden Camp. This was our first time working outdoors. It was Bed Prep day — students translated the data they collected from seed packets to figure out where and what they were going to plant. As expected, most students put their hands into the dirt and relished the experience of being outdoors and working in the soil.

We reviewed what plants need to thrive, using our bodies to help us remember — enforcing the links between the life under the soil (bugs and roots), the life above soil (plants), and ourselves. Finally, students wrote crop names on each paint stick and marked the rows for later seed planting.

children and adults clustered around raised beds
Garden bed prep in progress at Bruce Vento.
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