Growing kale is so easy, even your kids can do it! And they have at our school’s garden club!
Kale is very hard, requires little maintenance and is super healthy for you. It’s considered part of the super greens family. These are some of the many benefits of kale:
loaded with powerful antioxidants
excellent source of Vitamins C & K
good source of minerals
improves the strength of bone, skin, and hair
This week, student club members hand picked all these lush kale leaves. They also washed and dried them. Parents then rubbed them in olive oil and baked them in the oven until crispy. A dash of salt was added for flavor and then these crunchy kale chips were served to every classroom. All plates came back empty so the students must have loved these kale chips!
Here’s the recipe for you to try making them at home:
4 cups of kale 2 tablespoons olive oil salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350°F. Wash kale. Remove stems and rip kale into smaller pieces. Add olive oil and use hands to gently rub onto the leaves until coated. A little oil goes a long way, just keep rubbing gently. Place on a baking sheet, single layer only. Bake for 10-12 minutes until crispy. Sprinkle salt for taste and serve.
Last May, Lyndhurst students in the garden club planted red potatoes in two garden boxes. Today, primary students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 dug out a large bowl of small red potatoes. The kids enjoyed helping wash these potatoes.
Then volunteer parents boiled and sauteed these potatoes in a bit of olive oil and added a pinch of salt. Roasted potatoes were served to every classroom and every student! There was even enough to save for our soup cooking project later in the week with the intermediate students club members.
Lyndhurst student garden club planted carrots and turnips last Spring. They harvested these vegetables this week. Many carrots and turnips where odd shapes and sizes, not your standard grocery store bought produce, however they were sweet and delicious.
Students helped wash the carrots and turnips along with Kindergarten teacher sponsor, Ms. Cheema. Then parent volunteers boiled and sauteed these beauties with a some olive oil and a smidgen of salt. Carrots and turnips were served to all classrooms for any students who want to give them a try. Leftovers to shared with parents after school.
With the start of school, the Lyndhurst Student Garden Club is again offering students the opportunity to participate in harvesting, cleaning, cutting and eating the vegetables they planted earlier in the Spring.
To encourage students participating and enjoyment, we focus on growing fruits and vegetables that are favourites for kids and easy for them to participate in the cleaning, cutting and cooking. Our themes include salads and soup vegetables as well as every kids’ favourite, strawberries!
With a large number of kids wanting to harvest, this year’s garden club is divided into primary (K-3) and intermediate (4-7) groups with primary club meetings on alternating Tuesdays.
Cherry Tomatoes Galore!
Lyndhurst students grow cherry tomatoes in garden boxes. Students pick, wash and eat these yummy bites with their fellow classmates. Students who are not part of the garden club also get to try cherry tomatoes fresh from the vines.
About the Lyndhurst Student Garden Program
Our year-long Student Garden Program offers students the opportunity to learn about the foods they eat, how to grow these foods and have some hands-on experience in planting, harvesting and eating fruits and vegetables. To encourage student participation, we choose kids’ favourites and focus on growing salad and soup vegetables as well as strawberries.
Students harvest in the fall, create garden art projects in the winter when the weather is colder, weed and plant in the the spring and during the summer, our garden partners Burquitlam Childcare, help water and harvest from our student garden boxes. Parents, students and the community have been enjoying our student garden since 2014.
After Spring Break, the Garden Club had more than 40 students sign up. As a result, the club is divided into two groups and are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at lunchtime, just after the lunch bell.
So far, students have weeded 8 out of 14 garden boxes in front of the school and they have planted squash, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. During rainy days, there are indoor activities – students painted garden rock, and planted tomatoes and pumpkins seeds as well as made garden markers. See below for photos of their growing plants.
This club will also allow students to harvest and eat what they help grow. The club is sponsored by Ms. Janice Newkirk, Ms. Kim Clark and Ms. Annette Yang (PAC Garden Coordinator). If you are interested in helping with the Student Garden Club, please contact us.
Thank you to all the parents, students and alumni volunteers helping with the Lyndhurst Garden Sale last Saturday. The PAC would also like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations:
Cedar Rim Nursery
Southwest Garden Supplies.
With the great success we had this year, we will be hosting another garden sale next year however we cannot do it without your help. We need pots & plant donations as well as volunteers to help dig, pot and store plants over the winter, and to help start seedlings indoors in February. If you can help with next year’s garden sale, please contact us.