We had the honor of hosting a CSU Intern who came and taught our Kentfield Kids how to build bee hotels and why the bees need our help.
One of our local legends, Jesi Naomi, joins our Kentfield Kids in the garden for some amazing music.
Every week there is a new project for our Kentfield Kids. Sometimes it's making art, sometimes it's studying seeds and weeds, sometimes it's studying bugs. That is a favorite! They find the bugs and we look them up in our bug book to see if they are good bugs or not so good bugs for our garden.
We started a nutrition education and garden program for Butte County Home Schoolers and toddlers in order to provide a safe space to teach our children about nutrition and growing food. There is a new garden related project every week. The parents run this program and From the Ground Up offers the garden space and supplies. The kids are having so much fun and don't even realize the science, math, nutrition, physical fitness and so many other lessons that are included in growing food. All children are welcome and this is a free program.
Today, we broke into groups and began planting our seeds.
We got a great lesson in soil today with our CSU Intern guest.
Is there any better place to relax and do homework? In the garden, under a shady apple tree......and there are even sleeping babies!
How fun. Kentfield Kids learned how to clean out a pumpkin, how to carve it and then we learned about roasting the seeds as a great snack.
Our Kentfield Kids had so much fun painting rocks. Then they got to take them and hide them somewhere around town. Have you ever found a painted rock? Just take it and re-hide it for the next person to enjoy finding. It might have been painted by one of our kids.
Mona was so brave as she dug into the slimey pumpkin center.....oooohhhhh! They laughed and they played and they prepared pumpkins for decorating. Fun you can eat.
Our favorite Kentfield Kids helper showing the kids how to ....... Come on over and check the fun out.
This group from Chico Mothers Club had a blast making seed balls of local wildflower blends. Then they found out they could throw them and they would grow wildflowers wherever they threw them. They were covered in clay and really enjoyed the sprinkler afterwards. Summer days at Kentfield.
Our parents lead the weekly classes. We provide the space, the supplies and many special guests to teach, but parents are in charge. This isn't a drop off program. Parents must stay, but always join in the fun.
The kids love the Edible Circle. It's fun and edible. The entire circle is planted with fruits, herbs and flowers that are all edible. Some of the lessons for the Kentfield Kids is about what is good to eat and what to not eat.
Thank you to the Worm Farm in Durham for such a fun and interesting field trip. The Kentfield Kids learned about worm casting compost and the nutritional benefits to soil. The kids even started their own worm farm.
Our Kentfield Kids took a "Medicine Walk" at Lake Concow Campground. They got to walk and touch different plants and also learn the medicinal benefits of some, but also how to avoid others, especially poison oak.
What garden doesn't have a scarecrow? The Kentfield Kids brought old clothes from home or thrift stores, stuffed them with newspaper and decorated the garden for a Neighborhood Halloween Party held at Kentfield Garden every year.
This was such a fun project for the kids. A teepee they could play in covered in green beans they could pick and eat.
Every Kentfield Kid helps to plant the food, water and nurture the food as it grows, then experience the joy of harvesting the food they grew. They learn farming, then we move to cooking and nutrition of the food they grew.
Parents helping their Kentfield Kids with scarecrow construction and scary decorations for their Halloween Party. Everyone gets involved. Their laughter echoes through the Kentfield Neighborhood for all to enjoy.
He just loves the scarecrows they made. Can you tell?
Local DJ personality, D-Low, spent a day with the kids in the garden and the kids got to spin a little. What a great day! They got to touch the turntables and make music with their own hands.
Kentfield Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, but they all do their part to grow food and learn to make healthier choices. They have their own sized tools and they like pulling weeds. But our Kentfield Grown Up Helpers are pretty awesome as well.
.....the seeds we planted are growing! Great job kids!
Everyone has their own gardening style, but our Kentfield Kids garden their own way. Everyone is welcome....especially adorable belly dancers. Our Kentfield Kids know they are welcome to show their uniqueness in this safe space.
COME ON AND GET ON BOARD......