September 22, 2021
Archive for garden to table program
The Casa Campers this summer have weeded, watered and have even been able to harvest for themselves as they traveled around the world experiencing different cultures and food.
When our parent volunteers set out to plant with the children they had a plan and their plan was saturated in historical and agricultural elements. The crops planted together are known as the Three Sisters that are the main agricultural crops of various Native American groups in North America. The crops benefit each other like a symbiotic relationship between mother and child. The corn (maize) allows for the beans to climb and the beans provide nitrogen to the soil that plants utilize, while the leaves of the squash act as a living mulch creating a microclimate to
retain moisture in the soil as their prickly hairs of the vine deter pests.
As our summer fades and we enter into the fall and harvest season it will be so lovely to see the children’s expressions as their garden comes alive and the proud faces of those who tended it throughout the summer months.
“The Three Sisters planting method is featured on the reverse of the 2009 US Sacagawea Native American dollar coin.” Wikipedia
Maria Montessori believed that adolescent students need real life experience with production and exchange. In fact it is essential.
The Middle School students at Clanmore Montessori School built their garden, sourced seeds to match our climate and growing season and have now started planting. They will tend to their crop, harvest and either sell their harvested fruits or vegetables, like basil, for example, or make a product by taking that basil and making it into pesto to sell. This is where the exchange component comes in.
Garden to table comes into play when they take that basil or pesto that they’ve made and create a meal for their community. Every Friday the students take turns creating a menu, shopping and cooking for one another.
Over the summer the Elementary children in the Garden to Table Cooking Camp will tend to the Middle School gardens and visit a local market to purchase what is needed for the week. They will also harvest what the Casa children plant this school year in the garden beds made possible by the Parent Association. The Casa campers will weed in the mornings and water in the late afternoons… a whole school endeavor!