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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Fine Website and a Handy Recipe

Arugula Pesto

The arugula is surely off the hook this week and needs to be harvested - so here's a handy arugula pesto recipe for all of you community gardeners:  (source: The Edible Garden, May 2012 edition.)

120 g or a few large handfuls of arugula or rocket.
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped/crushed
1 handful of pinenuts
Extra virgin olive oil, for proper consistency
Lemon juice (a squeeze)
Salt and pepper to taste

1) Zap the arugula in the food processor, pouring a little oil on top to weigh down the leaves and begin the sauce creation.
2) When the leaves and oil have started to form a thick sauce, squeeze in the juice from 1/2 of a lemon, a handful of pine nuts and salt and pepper.
3) Turn the processor on again and allow it to work everything together before pouring in a little more oil.  After a minute or so, turn off the processor and test the pesto.
4) Add more salt and lemon to taste, serve with pasta or bruchetta.

New School Gardens in Progress

After a bit of searching around I found this nice photo gallery of all of the school gardens, along with the Downtown Teaching Farm, that were initially funded in 2011-2012 through the State Dept. of Ed.  It's delightful to look at how kids and teachers all over the state are using this opportunity to expand their traditional classroom environment!

School Gardens in Idaho, State Dept. of Ed  (Click here to follow links)

Click each site below to view photos of each school garden program as they grow.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Family Work Night - TONIGHT!  Monday June 11th, 6:00 - 8:30

Please drop by and visit for a few, even if you can't stay for the whole night - we have new Spigot's and we are working out the fine details of a water schedule.  

Thanks to everyone who has been instrumental in this Spring's success!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Spring 2012

 Here's a photo gallery of some of our happenings this Spring.  
We are off to a great start this year and so excited about our harvest potential. 
Relocating and Spreading Compost, Sophomore Work Day, April 18, 2012

Double Digging, Sophomore Work Day, April 18, 2012
Turning the Compost, Sophomore Work Day, April 18, 2012

Planting Potatoes, Sophomore Work Day, April 18, 2012

Planting Lettuce, Sophomore Work Day, April 18 2012

Prepping the Beds, Family Work Night, May 7, 2012

Tracy and Cambrie, May 7, 2012

Tending during Environmental Science, May 2012.

Back in Class, Preparing to Transplant, May 2012

Planting Potatoes, Sophomore Work Day, April 18, 2012

A Few Weeks Later, our Transplants are Thriving,  May 2012

Preparing for Our New Spigots, April 2012

Building some Cold Frames to Harden Off the Seedlings, May 2012

Honestly, no one had more fun than Emily whilst digging this trench.  May 2012

Ruben, the Water Master, May 2012.

"I'm Innocent."  ~Guthrie, May 2012

Collaboration between Washington Elementary First Grade and BHS Environmental Science,  May 2012

Finn, Planting Squash, May 2012.

Michael and his Crew, May 2012.

"Yes, right there..."  Collaboration between Washington and BHS.  May 2012.

Decorating Signs, May 2012.

Esperance and her Group, May 2012.

Making a Sign, May 2012.

Pat, After a Lovely Evening of Gardening.  May 2012

Getting Serious, May 2012.

Pepper Planting, May 2012.

Dhan Maya Planting up some Peppers, May 2012

Tomatoes Awaiting Real Sun, April 2012.

'Ragged Jack' Kale.  April 2012

Baby Peppers, Healthy from the Worm Tea, May 2012

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