History of the Edible Garden
The 2012-2013 school year marked our celebration of the 5th planting year of the Lincoln School Edible Garden. Please click here and enjoy our journey.
SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY LANDTRUST
OPEN GARDEN DAY
This year we were very excited and honored to participate in the Southside Community Landtrust Open Garden Day on 8, September. The day offered participants the opportunity to visit communities in the city of Providence where people are working together to grow fresh, healthy food. The Lincoln School Edible Garden was one of the sites visited on the Historic Tour. It was especially exciting because Sarah Zurier from the Preservation Society was a guide on the tour and offered wondeful information regarding the history of school gardens in Rhode Island and in Providence.
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A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in
which to dream. At one's feet that which can be
cultivated and plucked; overhead that which one can
study and meditate upon: some herbs on earth,
and all the stars in the sky.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE EDIBLE GARDEN THIS SUMMER?
This has already been a wonderful summer in the Edible Garden and we are just on the cusp of the new month of August. We are once again fortunate to have many garden helpers caring for the garden over the summer months and the response to this invitation to participate was wonderful. Thank you to everyone for their spirit of generosity and community. Things have been growing beautifully in our new soil mix and our very own compost. We have harvested things as they has become ready and deliveries have been made to Camp St. Community Ministries and West Bay Community Collaborative. The crops which have been harvested include peas, radishes, lettuce. pac choi, squash, edamame, chard and all kinds of herbs such as basil, thyme and lemon balm. The bed of garlic was harvested in mid-July and is curing at present. The potato plants are growing with soil being mounded up each week so as to bury the ever-growing crop of potatoes. Tomatoes and tomatillos abound. The foliage around the bamboo tepee hides a bevy of treasure----all kinds of squash growing here and there amidst beans and ears of corn. The cabbbage and brussels sprouts are growing and filling out and the leaves of the cardoons are simply gorgeous. The two apple trees were gifts from grade five in 2008. This year we just might be able to enjoy some apple tarts in September as we have beautiful apples growing on each tree.
If you visit the Edible Garden you will also encounter some other wonderful and exciting additions to the property. We now have a fabulous potting shed where we will be able store all of our gardening equipment and tools. And in the midst of the garden, we also have a beautiful new greenhouse which will enable us to get the magic started even when Mother Nature isn't quite ready. As any gardener knows, the watering system is crucial and the Edible Garden's has been reconfigured making it a much more efficient and easy process to care for our plants. All of these garden enhancements were made possible by the generosity of the members of the graduating Class of 2011 and their families. It was their wish to leave a legacy gift that would support and enhance the Edible Garden and we are extremely grateful for their example of environmental stewardship. We are also appreciative of our Facilities Team who supported this endeavor and carried it through for us. Please come and visit our little piece of Paradise!
20 AUGUST 2012
The Edible Garden in Spring 2012
As anyone who who spends time gardening knows, there is always something exciting and magical happening in the garden and this spring was no exception for the Edible Garden. So much has happened as of late to make this an extremely successful and enjoyable community endeavor. At the end of April, we launched an all-school composting initiative spearheaded by the newly-formed Middle School Eco-Team. Modeled after the early childhood composting efforts, we set up a system in the Levinger Dining Room during our daily lunches. This endeavor was so well-received by our entire community and everyone has easily gotten into the habit of sorting compostable food scraps to be delivered to the composters in the Edible Garden. The kitchen staff is also on board making daily contributions of coffee grounds and leftovers from food preparation. In order to accomodate for this new influx of compostable material, we were thankful to receive funds to purchase two additional composters. Having three composters at the ready in the garden will enable us to properly support the composting process. We should have lots of nutrient-rich "black gold" to add to the garden beds!
GRADE TWO GARDENERS
This year we decided to invite Mrs. Burbank's 2nd Grade class to join in the garden fun by helping us plant seeds to transplant in the garden. Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Burbank and I met with the girls on several springtime afternoons to talk about the garden and to sow seeds which spent their early days in the indoor greenhouse in Lower School. We also chitted potatoes in the second grade classroom to prepare them for planting. Mrs. Ford will be the new 3rd Grade teacher starting in September and we are excited to have the opportunity to begin the garden experience with the children in grade two and to continue the journey with them as 3rd graders.
On Saturday, 11 May we held our annual Garden Work Day and what a wonderful day it was. We had gorgeous weather and a fabulous group of volunteers who joined us in the garden to prepare things for the upcoming season. Parents, teachers and children of all ages banded together to screen compost, weed beds, assemble the new composters, fill the planting areas with new organic soil mix and to erect the new bamboo tepee. We accomplished so much on that day and had a great deal of fun too!! The bamboo for the tepee was a gift from a nighbor, Mrs. Harriet Wren who grows it in her garden. Mrs. Reinbold and I had a lovely visit with Mrs. Wren one afternoon in April where we were invited to cut down these amazing poles. The bamboo tepee is such a fun and pivotal element in our garden and we appreciate Mrs. Wren's hospitality and generosity.
This year on our Day of Service, the children in grades two and three along with Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Bryan, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Lawrence, two members of the senior class and myself spent the morning out in the Edible Garden planting for this year's growing season. We transplanted many seedlings that we had sown from seed as well as onion sets and chitted potatoes. We also planted many plants that were purchased at the Southside Community Landtrust plant sale, a fantastic event held each year. Our group had a grand time working as teams to weed and till the soil and to put things into the ground. We have some things that we love to grow each year such as tomatoes, squash and cabbages. This year we also have some new things growing as well such as cardoons, edamame, corn, and pac choi. Our perennial herbs are doing beautifully and we added some lovely anise hyssop and lemongrass to the mix. We have lots of other things growing as well----coma and visit and see for yourself.
Do you know about composting? The Early Childhood children of the Oak Room, Ginkgo Room and Kindergarten certainly do and they can explain how their daily composting efforts help the Earth and our Edible Garden. Each day, the children save food from their snacks, cooking adventures and lunches and add them to our compost collection. Children take turns being the Compost Helper and are responsible for depositing the collections in a receptacle kept in the Studio. Twice a week the container is delivered to the Edible Garden and emptied into the large composter that lives there. The food scraps along with garden detritus, and yard waste decompose and eventually are transformed into nutrient-rich compost. This material, also known as "black gold" will later be screened and added to the garden beds in the spring when we prepare them for planting.
This afternoon the Kindergarten Green Group had a wonderful time in the Edible Garden despite the fact that we had a great deal of rain earlier in the day. We harvested lots of things that were ready to be picked. Radishes were bursting forth from the soil and we picked them and hosed them down with the water sprayer. There are so many tomatillos growing----popping up everywhere. The fun of these vegetables is that they seeded themselves from last year. We had few lingering tomatoes which we picked and some that made it to the compost heap. The corn crop had a bit of a hard time during the intermittent heat and rain of the summer months. We enjoyed picking what did grow. We found that some creatures have been finding the corn kernals to be very tasty. The peas continue to love the cooler weather and we picked many pods that were fat and ready. Grace even found another swallowtail caterpillar. This one was crawling amongst the pea plants. We brought it back to Studio so we can watch the metamorphosis. All of the produce that we picked today will be donated to Camp St. Ministries on Friday.
Summer Edible Garden Fairies
Mother Nature had many helpers who gave love and care to the Edible Garden this summer. Much appreciation goes to Betsy Hunt, Adrienne Morris and Lily Martin, Meagan Lenihan, Esmie Jose and Ella Nadukkyl, Sandra Reinbold, Hilary Fagan, Naydine Rock, Christine Boulay, Colleen Zeitz, Lauren Motola-Davis and Ken and Skye Davis.
14 SEPTEMBER 2011
9 SEPTEMBER 2011
Unfortunately, we were unable to harvest the potatoes this week due to the rain. It is best to pick them when it is dry so that they can cure properly and not get moldy. The plants are still doing great though with lots of beautiful green foliage and not a potato bug in sight!! There have been many speculations about the number of potatoes our eight plants will yield. Stay tuned to find out the exact number when we harvest and count this coming week.
4 September 2011
JUST HOW MANY POTATOES ARE GROWING IN THE EDIBLE GARDEN POTATO BED?
This week we will find out the answer when the Oak, Ginkgo and Kindergarten children harvest the potatoes that were planted on Saturday, 7 May. I'd like to invite everyone in Lower School to take a guess at how many potatoes grew from the original eight seed potatoes. I will provide estimation cards for everyone and ask that they be dropped off in the Studio. I will have a box ready for the entries. Please check out the attached photos to see the journey of the potatoes leading to their above -ground debut this week! Have fun and think about potatoes---baked, boiled, french fried, Dauphinoise, roasted, mashed, gratineed, home fries, Lyonnaise, twice-baked...... What's your favorite?
Poor Potatoes underground
Never get to look around
Never have a chance to see
A butterfly or a bumblebee
Never have a chance to look
At the fishes in the brook
Never see the sunny skies
What a waste of all those eyes!
30 August 2011
Hurricane Irene's visit to Rhode Island was fortunately very kind to our Edible Garden. The tomato vines held the trellises in place and the plethora of bean, pumpkin, melon and morning glory vines firmly anchored the bamboo tepee in place. The only real evidence of the storm was found by looking at the tall fennel fronds which were bent over somewhat by the high winds. Other than that, things are looking great and we should have a wonderful fall harvest.
Colleen Zeitz and I had fun in the Edible Garden today. The air was beautiful and the sun was shining---a perfect morning outside. Colleen had discovered that some nightshade was having a marvelous time climbing up the tepee amidst all of the other vines. We worked to rid the garden of that unwanted plant. I have found some tomatoes with darkened areas on the blossom end. I'm not sure if this is due to blossom rot. I did find a slug on one of the tomatoes so this may be the culprit. I found another home for Mr. Slug in the compost pile!! I planted some new chard seeds today. In a few weeks we should once again be enjoying some of those delicious greens. We picked a lot of vegetables for Camp St. today and Colleen shared some gorgeous herbs and vegetables from her family's garden too. The eggplant and summer squash were just perfect for picking and many tomatoes and tomatillos had ripened up since last week.
This was another beautiful day in the garden. Today I picked the last of the chard and planted a whole bed of spinach in its place. I transplanted some brussell sprouts and put in other cool weather crops including carrots, beets, radishes and peas.
It was nice to have a respite from the sunny, though extremely hot weather of last week. With frequent watering, the garden fared very well. We are very lucky indeed to have access to fresh, clean water! Check out the new a-frame trellises in the large tomato bed. Many thanks to my brother Alexander who constructed them for us and to my other brother William who transported them to the garden and installed them in place.
The bed of soft-neck garlic was harvested today!! It was planted at the beginning of November before the frost. Throughout the winter months the garlic grew underground and developed in pungency by the cold temperatures. During the early weeks of March, the first green foliage broke through the ground. The 55 new heads of garlic will now be hung up to dry and cure in my garden shed.
This was a beautiful Friday morning with many vegetables waiting to be picked. In fact, some had grown quite large!! Mrs. Reinbold and I spent the morning together gathering things to take to Camp St. Ministries. We harvested a number of squash, fanciful-looking carrots, radishes, herbs and a great deal of chard. The campers who were cooling off under the sprinklers at Dwight House Lawn enjoyed visiting with us and checking out the produce.
Lily Martin and I spent time in the garden on Friday morning harvesting lots of beautiful rainbow chard, lettuce, radishes and herbs. It was a fabulous day for picking (and eating). We delivered our bags of goodies to the food pantry mid-morning and it was truly a wonderful visit. We were warmly greeted by several volunteers who were so very grateful and delighted to have a source for fresh produce. We met Ruth and Mary who are two of the women in charge. There were also two students and their teacher from the Groden Center who are volunteers. The Food Bank had made a weekly delivery and everyone was busy organizing all of that food. There was much excitement to be able to offer the produce from the Edible Garden on Saturday morning. It was really great to meet these people and to see the work that they are doing for the community. They were also very happy to meet Lily and to learn that she and her friends in the Garden Club had grown so much of the food. I can't wait to see what will be ready to harvest this coming Friday to take to the pantry!
7 May 2011
Please check out the photographs from the wonderful gathering in the Edible Garden this past Saturday. We had such fun and accomplished so very much with many helpers! Together, we dug up sod, weeded and tilled, filled new and existing beds with soil, erected the bamboo tepee, planted lilac shoots, planted new plants ( many of which were started by our Lower School Garden Club), planted seeds, replaced sod on the Dwight House lawn and screened the compost produced in our tumbling composter. Many thanks to everyone for coming together as a community to help in this project!
EDIBLE GARDEN WORK DAY
7 MAY 2011
"Inch by inch
Row by row
Help us make our garden grow!!
Please join us in the Edible Garden on Saturday morning to prepare our garden for the 4th planting season. We will be weeding, tilling, filling raised beds in with soil, screening compost, planting and having lots of fun together!!! Bring your gardening tools, gloves and family and friends! The LSPA will be providing refreshments.
29 March 2011
If you are interested in learning what is happening in the Edible Garden, please be sure to check this page frequently. After school today, Mrs. Eells and Miss Calenda met with a small group of enthusiastic gardeners to discuss plans for the 4th planting season of the Edible Garden. The group is composed of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and will be meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. We will be brainstorming and sharing ideas about what we will be growing in the garden this year.
Plans are in the works for the upcoming season in the Edible Garden---come and share in the excitement! After the long snowy winter months, the garden is once again coming to life. It won't be long before the perennial herbs will be emitting their wonderful fragrances. This year we also took advantage of the rich organic soil by planting a fall crop of garlic in one of our large raised beds. In order to develop its pungency, garlic needs the winter cold. At the beginning of March the green garlic scapes burst through the soil and it looks as though we will have a plentiful harvest in a few months.
I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in a process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.
Mosses from an Old Manse
Visiting the Edible Garden to see the established plants and to check out all of the new plants from Southside Community Landtrust waiting to be planted on the Day of Service 2010
Edible Garden photographs taken a few weeks after planting in 2010.
After many visits to the Edible Garden to harvest and taste, it was finally time to prepare the beds for the winter months ahead. Bamboo poles needed to be removed and detritus was plucked out of the ground and deposited in the compost heap. The bamboo tepee was still lots of fun to play in! Autumn 2009