|Warm weather crops "triage" harvested after a light frost|
So back to Saturday morning....I pedaled out to SAGE and found a light frost had made our warm weather crops on the lower slope of the garden very sad looking. Emergency messages went out to colleagues and Amoreena, our Garden Education Food Corps service member, arrived on the scene. We harvested eggplants, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes and then placed reemay (or floating row cover) over remaining warm weather crops to protect them until Monday morning when a couple classes of high schoolers were scheduled to come to the garden.
|HS students helping fold|
up floating row cover that
was protecting peppers
After a lot of hand wringing, worrying about the night time lows over the weekend, Monday morning dawned bright, clear and chilly. We were happy to see that while some things looked sadder, the emergency measures we'd taken allowed us to have the rest of our warm weather crop plants stripped clean by 80 health students from Crescent Valley High School. In addition to helping us harvest a lot of healthy, local food for hunger relief agencies, the students were also able to sample different veggies through a fun blindfold taste test relay race and a garden scavenger hunt. The students are just starting their nutrition unit so the broad focus of this field trip was "real food is good." I'm glad to say that many of the students heartily agreed with that statement as they snacked on sweet Sungold cherry tomatoes, broccoli flowers and green beans.
|High school students heading back to the bus after a fun, sunny morning in the garden|