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Woolly School Gardens Needs Your Vote!

Yes, Woolly School Gardens needs your vote, and I’ll tell you about that in just a minute, but first a little story:

On Tuesday, June 1st, I had the opportunity to help install two Woolly School Gardens at two neighboring schools in downtown Los Angeles.  Together with a team of Woolly gardeners, we filled Pockets with soil and planted food gardens for students to enjoy.  We planted herbs like sage, chives (which some of the kids pronounced chee-vess), thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano.  We also tucked in tomatoes, all sorts of peppers, eggplant, collard greens, onions, and strawberries, along with marigolds and nasturtiums for pest control.

















When we finished, the high school students gathered and were given the task of matching a plant marker to a plant.   They did pretty well, I have to say.  There were some cultural connections with certain vegetables, like cilantro and peppers for the Latin American kids and collard greens for the African American kids.










We talked about how to use each vegetable in meals – rosemary with potatoes, chives with eggs, eggplant parmigiana (of course), boiled collard greens, tomato salsa and spaghetti sauce.  Some of the students already had gardening experience with their raised bed garden, where they were growing butternut squash, corn and some herbs.  They were excited to have more space to grow different things.



















So what does all this have to do with voting?  Well – there are 250 more schools who could get a free garden like the two mentioned above if you help Woolly School Gardens win the Pepsi Refresh Everything competition.  Woolly School Gardens is competing for $250,000 and needs votes – once a day, every day in June.  Can you help?

Go to Pepsi Refresh Everything competition Woolly School Gardens and leave your vote there through June 30th.  Just click to vote first thing when you boot up your computer in the morning.  Can do?  YES!


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Tom Walker

    Love to see this! Our company Urban Compost Tumbler has donated several composters to urban schools in Chicago and have seen some excellent results from the children.

  2. John

    Gardening in schools is meant to create awareness in the minds students about the needs of planting trees. Also it gives enjoyment and refreshment to the students. From the picture it is clearly seen that the soil is filled in small pockets and plant the food gardens. The pocket is made up of wool so these types of gardens are called woolly gardens. Also we can cultivate vegetables in this garden. It attracts the students and they can do this in their home also. John of Planters Wholesale

  3. Alex

    Awesome Post Christy! You did a great job introducing the kids to their Woolly School Garden!

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