The garden tells us ‘what’s cooking’. Literally. This week beets were what the garden was giving and it only made sense to prepare something sweet and cold for this hot summer weather. Kids learned how to make beet-banana-smoothies. Easy and a great energy booster!
Biologist and Natural Science educator Monica Franchy visits St. John’s and offers a one-day digital and culinary class.
Ms Franchy shows the children showed videos about how almonds grow from the perspective of a bee, the origins and nutritional benefits of the almonds, etc. and taught the kids how to make almond milk from scratch and prepare a blueberry smoothy.
The After school children filled a Q&A afterwards, so we could assess how much they did absorb from the lesson. This was a pop-up class and pilot for future Garden Kitchen Lab curriculum-building where we would like to have kids record what they learn into visual digital diaries.
The children asked for smoothies and smoothies they’ve got! Strawberries, blueberries, almond milk and honey smoothies.
We watched a video about how honey is made. The queen bee lays 2,000 eggs per day creating the work force necessary to make honey. One hive of bees can yield up to 7 pounds of honey, that is more than what the bees need to feed themselves; it is that surplus what we end up eating.