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Making Butter and Ricotta With Chef Clemence

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Today here at Seeds to Plate we had an exciting guest come and teach our students about chemistry in a unique way. Chef Clemance Gosett of La Gourmandise Cooking School visited our 8th grade Chemistry classes for a lesson of “Cooking with Chemistry”. The fun and interactive lesson touched upon mechanical reactions, catalysts, and acids/bases. All the while Chef Gosett was demonstrating how to create ricotta cheese and butter to use for a yummy and easy snack!

Gjelina Good Food Program

In June, 2016, Seeds to Plate, the Gjelina Volunteer Program, Mark Twain Middle School and the Venice Boys and Girls Club teamed up to 20 students with a hands-on workshop to create their own restaurant.  They designed their menu, learned to cooked an appetizer, entree and dessert, divided themselves into front of house and back of house staff, and served their family a three course meal in Mark Twain's Secret Garden!

Finding Hope Through Anne Frank's Window

From her only window to the outside world, Anne Frank could see the sky, birds and a majestic chestnut tree. "As long as this exists," Anne wrote in her diary, "how can I be sad?"  In preparation for their trip to the Museum of Tolerance and visit to the Anne Frank exhibit, 6th and 7th grade history and language arts students reflected on Anne Frank and her quotes on how the view from her window changed.  They chose a spot in the garden, wrote about their feelings on what they saw in their "window" and will revisit their spot and feelings in late spring.

Love, in Bloom: A Poem

Students from Ms. Olinger's class gifted Seeds to Plate with a beautiful poem about the garden. Each student wrote at least one sentence, and the finished product is a wonderful piece of work. Thank you students!

I love watering the plants, like shooting my water gun at home, making the soil soft when the water hits the ground. I love watering the trees so they can grow and give fruit. I love to see the plants get fresh water and to watch them grow.

I love the feeling of the wet plants moving across my skin. I love to feel the soil in between my fingers.I love how the birds sing to me, their lovely melody, humming in our wonderful and healthy school garden.I love how the flowers bloom from their slumber to show their beauty.

I love how all of the teachers take good care of the plants over the weekend.I love going to the garden, it reminds me of working in Mexico’s fresh air. I dig holes and harvest corn.

I love mulching, the great workout, and the power of the shovel in my hands, scooping the mulch into the wheel barrel.Extreme power and anger relief, using a pitchfork to stab the mulch so it becomes loose.

I love the smell of the garden, rosemary, peppermint and fresh air.

I love the snacks in the garden, the fresh food that is made into something delicious. I love the sweet and sour taste of the food that we make. I love to grow the food that we eat. I feel like I am making a healthier future.