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Child Discovers Peas Inside of Pea Pod Shortly Before Deciding to Eat Them

On this day, I visited the Montessori class again for a gardening lesson.  This was our last gardening session for the school year. We walked over to the raised beds where we found that the warm days of early summer had caused all of our earlier plantings to flourish.  We spent some time reviewing all the plants we had put into the ground earlier in the season. We were able to remember most of the things we had planted: carrots, peas, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, herbs, and flowers.   We taste tested some produce straight from the garden… lettuce, peas, and basil were all a big hit. One little boy did not like the basil however and spit it back out. Another girl liked the way the basil smelled. Everyone enjoyed the peas as usual.  Isaac was astonished to find that there were actual peas hiding inside of the pea pods.  He showed me what he had found and then enthusiastically ate them.

We spent a few minutes watering and practiced taking turns with the watering can.  After everything was watered we tried to see if we could find any insects around our plants.  Of course we found some interesting critters: pill bugs and snails. The pill bugs tickled when you held one in your hand.  We finished harvesting what we could.  Some things, like the carrots, needed more time to grow so they would have to wait.

We finished up by pulling out some weeds and putting them in the compost bin.  The children were soon to be off for the summer.  We had a wonderful time learning what our small growing space could produce in just a few short months.  The teachers and I will continue to watch over the garden during the summer and hopefully use some of the produce for taste testing when a new class returns again next fall.

The Montessori preschool has been a successful addition to Sacred Heart School and they are expanding from one to two classrooms of students for the upcoming school year.  This will give CFET the opportunity to include more students in our program and our popularity and success will hopefully influence the school system to include more activities around gardening and healthy eating in their other classrooms as well.

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Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET)

The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) manages three gardens in Camden. CFET has an innovative youth program that uses urban agriculture to develop young people’s skills and teaches healthy eating. We host service learning retreats focused on the environment and food justice.