Our Summer by the Numbers:
98: # students K-8th grade attended
84: % of enrolled students who were returning NCFC students
3,500: # hours spent in gardens
20: % increase in knowledge test about plants when comparing pre– and post– tests
95: % of our students reported that they learned a lot about the garden and how to eat healthy
93: % of our students reported that they told their parents something new they learned this summer
100: % of parents who reported being ’very satisfied’ on parent surveys
22: # recipes cooked by the students
15: # of feet our sunflowers have grown
We had a wonderful summer and look forward to the fall (and the cooler weather!). Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming fall garden!
Questions or comments about the garden? Email Nadine Duplessy Kearns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
End of Summer Celebration
It’s hard to believe that our summer program has finished up all of its six weeks! We had a fantastic summer full of new discoveries, exciting lessons, good friends, and incredible food. To celebrate, NCFC held its 4th Annual End of Summer event to celebrate all that the students learned. We had more than 90 students and 20 parents attend. Here are a few photos to tell you about the day:
The much anticipated giant water slide:
Good times with families and friends:
Cooling down in the water slide:
Our 2nd Annual Double Dutch Tournament:
And our champions!
As we near the end of our summer program, the sunflowers in the garden seem to know and have grown to be too heavy for their stalks. Master Gardener Rick cut off the flower so that the Kindergarteners could see it up close, compare and contrast to other flowers, and look for sunflowers seeds.
As Ms. Hyman shows the class what Rick brought in, the class erupts with excited screams:
Micora, Isaiah, Mackenzie, and Jermarr take a closer look at the sunflower:
Micora, Mackenzie, and Noah compare two flowers. “They’re both yellow”, “one is big, the other is small”, “this one is heavier”:
Finally, the class enjoyed using the sunflower leaves as fans:
This past Friday, our 1st-4th graders spent the morning with our Master Gardeners, Rick Skinner and Carmella Mazzotta, and UDC’s Sandra Farber and Mary Farrah harvesting some of our ripe-and-ready vegetables.
Aniya and Shad pull out some carrots from our garden:
Aliyah picked a green pepper:
Saniya and Zeima found some eggplant and snipped two off very carefully with shears:
And Rasheed, RoVaughn, and Isaiah harvested some corn. It took a lot of muscle and courage (and a little help from Rick) to pull the corn from its stalk, tear away the husk, and to take a little bit of a bite.
With the help of some students, Program Director Ruth found a funny cucumber that grew around the chain-link fence:
“We harvested all those!” – Zeima
As a special afternoon snack, the students made a salad with all that they harvested:
Today is another day full of cooking from raw ingredients.
3rd/4th Grade went to City Blossoms’ Marion Street garden today and made a vegetable wrap. After trying their first taste test, they worked together as a class to explain what they did:
- “I would like to make this again!”
- “First we harvested chives and char from the garden. The tomatoes were already picked.”
- “We washed them and washed our hands and broke into groups.”
- “Then we pulled the vegetables into little pieces so we could eat them easily.”
- “We put it in a bag and mushed it up. We put in oil, lemon, and salt, and mixed it all up.
- “We mixed it all with tomatoes and avocado.”
- “And we rolled it up and ate it!”
- “But a little bit of pepper is really hot!”
In a vote, the class assessed their own cooking. They gave 9 thumbs up, 1 sideways thumbs, 1 thumbs down, and 1 two thumbs up.
Tyonne, Jada, Sarah, and Raevyn try their own cooking masterpieces:
Back at headquarters, our ABLE students made a St. Louis special, Toasted Ravioli, led by Ms. Sharonda (A St. Louis native).
Ronald dips the ravioli in the beaten eggs and breadcrumbs that they prepared:
Jalysa, Trinity and Ronald can’t wait to taste their cooking:
While the Kindergarteners sport our Summer Program shirt on their field trip to Common Good City Farm,
The 3rd and 4th graders water our garden with their water bottles. “We need to water at the roots because that’s where water goes in.” – Jordan.
Raevyn takes a break. “These leaves have the best shade!”
At City Blossoms today, the 5th and 6th graders harvested and prepared a barley, cucumber, and feta cheese dish. With four weeks at Marion Street Garden under their belts, the students are showing a little more courage in trying new things (though not as boldly as the 7th and 8th graders).
Dylan peels a cucumber at one station, while his friends helped crush feta cheese at another: