Archive for September, 2015

Hello friends,

I am pleased to announce that Garden Education classes begin on Friday, September 25th.Our seven 3rd grade classes are split into Cohort A and B and will be alternating weeks in the garden with Rowan and company.

Cohort A meets this Friday, September 25th.

Cohort B will meet Friday, October 2nd

I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Morford’s students in the classroom last week to talk about what we will be doing in the garden. They also learned a song, “Dirt Made My Lunch” that we’ll be singing in the garden. We are so excited to get started next week!

We also recently hosted the first Garden Work Party of the season. Intern Daoud discovered that the large elm tree in the middle of the raised bed garden had sent masses of micro-roots into all the raised beds, stealing nutrients from the annuals. That’s something we’ll have to work on long-term. At this work party, Daoud valiantly plunged his hands deep into the soil of the raised bed next to the wall and cleaned it of roots. That will be a great spot for winter root vegetables. Thanks, Daoud!


Intern Hannah applied her pruning expertise to cleaning up the native plant garden, some of which had gotten pretty cooked by the hot sun over the summer. She also cleared off the coveted sit spot on the tree stump. Thanks, Hannah!


Saffron, a 5th grader, and her mom Sydney came to help with the garden. Sydney is an urban farmer and they both did a stellar job weeding. We also checked out the worm bin situation and noted that it would need refreshing with new bedding and worms once the kids harvest the finished worm compost inside. Sydney offered to bring worms by when we are ready for them. Saffron and Sydney took home some pruned branches and weeds for their pet bunny to munch on.
Saffron took advantage of the tree trunk sit spot to lean through the branches and do a little weeding:

1st grader Sophie and her mom Eva also came to help in the garden. We mixed up some fish emulsion fertilizer and they watered the whole garden together! Sophie also helped to sweep the path with one of the kid-sized brooms. Unfortunately my phone was having issues in the moment and I couldn’t take pictures of the two wonderful ladies in action, but I sure appreciated their help!

We will probably have another work party in early Spring, and in-between there will be other opportunities for parents and for kids of all grade levels to help out and enjoy the school garden. Thanks so much for your support, I look forward to working together to build this great garden experience for the children.
Rowan Maya Lang
Snappdragons Garden Educator
Cascadia Elementary School

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Welcome Rowan

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Hello gardeners and parents! My name is Rowan Maya Lang, and I am looking forward to an exciting year of adventures and learning in the Snappdragons Garden. Some of you may remember me as an intern with Cohort A in last spring’s garden program. I am thrilled to take on the role of Garden Educator this year. I love to garden, and I love to share my knowledge in fun and engaging ways with kids and adults. I am a lifelong learner and hope to instill curiosity and joy for the natural world into my students. The third grade classes at Cascadia Elementary will be meeting every other Friday from September-November, and February-June.

A bit about me: I am an urban homesteader in South Seattle, where I grow food in my organic garden, keep chickens, and work as a community activist to support food justice and organic urban farming. I’m a core volunteer at Beacon Food Forest, a public permaculture project that is transforming public land into an 7-acre regenerative food garden. At Seattle Tilth, I have volunteered with the Adult Education program, and worked as an outreach educator for their Master Recycler and Master Composter program. In 2014, I interned at Tilth’s Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands for 6 months, where I grew vegetables from seed to harvest for their annual plant sale, CSA, and community food bags programs.

I hold a certificate in Permaculture Design from the Permaculture Institute USA, taught by Toby Hemenway; Master Food Preserver, Seattle Tilth; Master Composter and Recycler, Seattle Tilth. In late 2015, I will be adding to my education as a Fruit Tree Steward through City Fruit. When I’m not teaching and volunteering, I work as a Fine Gardener at private homes, and grow organic vegetable seedlings for the Second Use Handmade and Homegrown Spring Sale in South Seattle.

Now, let’s get our hands dirty and have some fun!

Rowan Maya Lang
Snappdragons Garden Educator
Cascadia Elementary School

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