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December 4, 2016

In November, Alta Vista students came together to dedicate a brand new Community Seed Library at the Portola Library! Alta Vista’s second graders (now in third grade) originally built this seed library, last year with our former garden educator Miss Marissa. (She is currently studying natural building and permaculture landscape design in Costa Rica). AVS students wrote letters to local seed companies for donations and helped design, build, and decorate the seed library. The seed library is split into different plant types, such as legumes, greens, and fruiting vegetables. There is an informational booklet designed by students and even empty seed packets to return the plant seeds that are grown and harvested.

A seed library is a collection of seeds, sorted and catalogued that you can take from and plant in your own garden. The idea is to encourage growing and saving a genetically diverse stock of flower and vegetable seed, some heirloom and some adapted to your neighborhood micro-climate...

February 13, 2016

We’re excited to share that our first AVS Middle School Garden Cooking classes were a huge success! Students learned how to plan, prepare, and create a healthy and delicious meal from scratch. For their final assignment, students were required to cook an entire meal for their families. Each of our student’s recipes will be compiled into our first AVS Community Cookbook, which will be shared school-wide by Spring 2016.  Here are a couple samples from our recipe book from Noah S. (5th grade) and Isabelle L. (6th grade). Bon appétit!

Noah’s Spring Rolls

Ingredients: (Everything should be organic.)

  • 8 Rice wrappers

  • Lettuce

  • Cucumbers

  • Shredded carrots

  • Ice berg salad

Peanut Sauce (optional)

  • One garlic clove

  • ½ cup peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce

  • Water (If needed)

  • 1 and a half pieces of Ginger (peeled)

  • ¼ or 12teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Procedure:

Spring rolls

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