Emerson Garden Based Education

gthgrade American Studies and U.S. History Garden and Curriculum Calendar 2007-2008 Updated 10-1-07

August Early September garden visit

Get organized for the year. Coinmunicate with the Garden Team Leader and try to get parent help Visit the garden and observe crops planted last spring. These are crops the Afi-ican slaves brought with them to the colonies. Observe crops in other 7thand 9thgrade plots. (taro, sugar beets, sugar cane, indigo, flax, African rice) Purchase seeds for fall planting. Set up harvest and planting dates. Set up dates to make stew. Reserve kitchen. Get volunteer help. Harvest crops in plot and hang in classroom to dry. Clean up plot. Tobacco (did Patricia successfully grow a plant in pot over summer?) Process millet, inilo, cowpeas. Talk about saving seed for planting. Talk about crops brought to America with the African slaves. Students make an African stew using cassava (optional), cowpea, okra, peanuts, calaloo, sweet potato. It is served over millet. Some ingredients harvested from the garden some nurchased. Clean up beds, dig, mulch and plant winter crops of the European settlers (wheat, onions, garlic, parsnips, salsify, turnip, potato, leeks, cabbage, carrots). Compare climate and planting schedule of Colonies and Davis. Learn about the fiber crops colonists would have used (flax, cotton, wool) Everything growing? Pests or weeds a problem? Bird netting needed? Process cotton, spin, drop spindle. Rice and Indigo - learn about industries and process Learn about storingt'preserving foods - root crops, grains, etc.. Native American crops and medicinal plants that helped colonists. s Lewis and Clark native ~ l a n t and medicines. Follow the earden trail Everything growing? Pest or weed problems? Observe 7thgrade flax.

preparation Mid October harvest garden activity
Mid October cooking activity

Mid October plant

garden activity
Mid November garden visit Winter activities

January - February garden visits

March garden visit

Some crops may not be doing well. Talk about how the Europeans had to learn about climate and soil conditions and how and where to grow crops. Talk about climate of northern and southern colonies. Purchase seeds for spring planting. Set up harvest and planting dates. Set up dates for making soup. Get volunteer help. Reserve kitchen. Start sweet potatoes in classroom for slips or make arrangements to buy slips. Harvest all crops. Wash and refrigerate for soup making. Clean up plot. Learn about herbs used by the colonists for medicine, household, etc. Harvest culinary herbs from 7"' grade Medieval European Peasants Garden for soup. Process wheat? Students make a vegetable soup using onions, garlic, leeks, parsnips, salsify, turnip, potato, carrots and cabbage (and cooked wheat berries) and herbs. Use produce from garden and purchase some if necessary. Serve with wheat berry bread? Clean up beds, dig, mulch and plant spring crops (cotton, sweetlgrain sorghum, okra, African rice, cowpeas, peanuts, finger and pearl millet, calaloo, sweet potatoes) Is everything growing? Do we need to replant? Weeds and pests? Keep garden weeded and watered. Timing of okra for fall harvest -keep picked over summer to continue production. Dry picked pods in the shed (used to thicken stew). Let one plant mature in each bed to produce okra seeds. Cut back regularly or replant calaloo to get tender greens for fall harvest? Plant tobacco at home in large pot to use for example.


Late April-early May

harvest garden activity

Late April-early May

cooking activity

Late April-early May

End of school garden visit Summer

Compiled by Patricia Carpenter, Rita Hosking, Eric Jacobson

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