“As the garden grows, so too shall the gardener”
How are those little lettuce plants doing out there? We wonder how things are growing during week two of the Green Schools Lettuce Challenge. Do you feel like you have green thumbs? Did you have any extra worries or troubles with snow days and weekends?
At the First Annual Buttercrunch Awards on April19th, judges will be looking at the shape and health of your three lettuce plant entries to award special plants with the Green Thumbs award. We’ll send you a specific list of guidelines for excellence in horticulture soon. In the meantime, did you know they will also be awarding Green Minds awards, Green Hearts awards, and that we’ll be recognizing classrooms for cultivating the Growth Mindset?
How do you know if you’re eligible for one of these honors? Lettuce tell you a story…
The Power of Plants to Cultivate the Growth Mindset
Here at the GEC greenhouse we learn along side each other. Gardening is about learning to communicate with plants, soil, and each other. We’ve learned some tips from our local schools*** on how to care for plants. In this story of our plants, we’re figuring out that having green thumbs is not about growing everything perfectly. It’s pretty normal to have gardening problems along the way, and to feel discouraged, especially when we’re first starting out.
*** Look for the elements of the Greenwich Public School, Safe School Climate, District Norms below http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=11143
Lettuce Tell you a Story: The Speckles
We planted some special “speckled” plants out there in the deliveries, maybe you’ll see them? Here’s the story of how they got there.
To cultivate the growth mindset together, let’s be honest when we need help, reach out and let us know if you have questions, and number one rule, HAVE FUN!
- Over the next few weeks we’ll be sending you simple tips and stories to help you communicate with your plants in new ways, and we encourage you to share yours here, and record them as poster entries, stories, or comics. Judges will be looking closely at poster entries at the Buttercrunch Awards for candidates for Green Thumbs, Green Hearts, and Green Minds awards.
- To ask questions or to schedule a GEC visit to your school contact firstname.lastname@example.org with some possible dates/times. You’ll see a demo of transplanting seedlings, view water moving through soil in the recycled pop-bottle planter, and meet some interesting characters in our prezi, who can help you communicate with plants. We can bring a 20 minute presentation for three classrooms, followed by 30 minutes rotating through a variety of Lettuce Play! stations.
- To be honest, we are a little behind on getting out information, thanks for your patience on our first time around. You can expect another story about the technology we use in our greenhouse, very soon.
- Don’t miss this weekend’s Family Nature Play workshop on winter energy and permaculture. We’re making solar ovens in the workshop, and giving greenhouse technology tours. Thanks for your support! Together we are planting seeds for lifelong learning, healthy living, and good stewardship.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward. -Henry Ford