Harvest of the month: peas

Next year I will be leading the effort to introduce a Harvest of the Month program at our school.  To get it started, we’re doing a pilot this month.

The backbone of this program is a set of excellent resources provided by a Network for a Healthy California (http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov).  For each fruit or vegetable, they provide an educator guide, a parent newsletter, a community handout and a menu template on which you can print your school lunch calendar.

I attended the all-district staff meeting at the beginning of the month to introduce the program and pass out information to the teachers.  These multi-page guides have lots of information about the selected fruit or vegetable: nutrition, history, botany, recipes, science, literature links, etc.

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During a University of Wednesday class, the children rotated to three stations related to peas. Here’s a craft template I created for an indoor station. (It was windy that day!)

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Tip: Michaels has a single pack of cardstock greens in all different shades.

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At another station, the students did a set of drawings of peas, which were planted in succession so that they could observe them at different stages of growth—also, to stretch out the harvest.

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At my station we sampled sweet pea hummus, and we talked about all of the ingredients.  We also did a fennel taste test because I had some to use from our donated produce box.

I’m going to teach more pea-themed lessons this month so I’ve been checking out every children’s book I can find with the word”pea” in the title and creating a working annotated bibliography.  I’d love to find a grant to eventually purchase every title on the list.

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We also made some decorations for the garden to announce the monthly harvest.  Here our 8th grade PLUS leadership kids are finishing up a banner started by the fourth grade.

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This is a banner I had printed locally.

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And finally, a taste test!  Snap peas were in our Be Wise Box this week, and I supplemented them with 2 lbs. from the Warner Springs Farmers Market I visited last night.  An ambassador took data (“”Do you like it?”), and once again, the peas have it!

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9 thoughts on “Harvest of the month: peas

  1. T,
    If you just finish your peas it’s a good chance you will be a master gardner and it’s also good for your eyes……dad

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