While the Garden sleeps…

ABG: Bringing Gardening Indoors

ABG staff, Patrick Ryan, bringing gardening techniques indoors! Photo by Tony Flores.

ABG staff, Patrick Ryan, teaching about the different types of roots we eat.  Photo by Tony Flores.

 

As frost settles on the ground and the gardens silently go dormant for the Winter, the ABG education staff turn their efforts towards gardening indoors. For the past 4 years, ASD’s after school 21st Century Program (Anchorage School District) and ABG have partnered to teach over 650 students in 8 schools to plant, harvest, and cook with fresh vegetables and herbs that they grew from seed.

We are helping students build the skills they need to grow their own food and make smart choices about the kinds of food they put in their bodies. To find out more about how you can volunteer or help support this program, email the Program Director at education@alaskabg.org.

Photos courtesy of Tony Flores with Reveal Photography.

Indoor Garden set-up at Muldoon Elemenatry. All 8 schools are equipped with T-5 indoor grow lights, 2 shelves, and plastic bins for growing all sorts of vegetables, salad greens and herbs.

Indoor Garden set-up at Muldoon Elemenatry. All 8 schools are equipped with T-5 indoor grow lights, 2 shelves, and plastic bins for growing all sorts of vegetables, salad greens and herbs.

Students tasting the fruits of their labor!

Tasting the fruits of their labor!

Volunteer, Karen Coady, teaching students how to make green smoothies with the vegetables they grew.

Volunteer, Karen Coady, teaching students how to make green smoothies with the vegetables they grew.

Students cutting and cleaning greens to make a salad.

Students cutting and cleaning greens to make a salad.

Students learned to write and follow a recipe to make homemade salad dressing for their salad.

Incorporating math into lessons with  recipes for a homemade salad dressing.

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Sneaking a little taste before harvest time!

Getting soil ready for the planting bins. From seed to plate; students are a part of the process every step of the way.

Getting soil ready for the planting bins. From seed to plate; students are a part of the process every step of the way.

Harvesting and cleaning carrots is always a favorite!

Harvesting and cleaning carrots is always a favorite!

Salads down the hatch!

Salads down the hatch!