Making Messes to Make Memories

Last week after an interactive cooking lesson, I stood back and looked at the classroom. It was full of kids with kale in their teeth, honey on their hands, and shredded carrots that had somehow made it under their desks and in every nook and cranny of the classroom....

Five Reasons to Love Lentils

A few weeks ago, a group of Ronan 2nd graders were asked to identify what Montana is famous for. Their list included: “big sky, wilderness and lentils.” Born and raised in Montana, I know that more than twice as many cows as people live in our state —...

History and Hotbeds

As FoodCorps Service Members, we are constantly thinking about how to connect traditional school subjects to gardening and nutrition. We often teach science classes in the garden where kids can learn about plant parts, soil, garden critters and much more. It is also...

Super-Awesome Greenhouse Beds of the Future!

Man, young people are cool! I am constantly amazed at what younger individuals are able to accomplish! Here at Hyalite we had the opportunity to build mobile greenhouse beds that can move in and out of the building. So like, when it is the middle of May and there just...

Why I Love Egg Cartons and Toilet Paper

There’s this moment in the classroom; that moment when I, as an educator, realize that every student is engaged and that I am not doing anything. It’s a moment that I have been lucky to experience during my service term, but certainly not one that occurs every time I...

Seeds and Other Spring Miracles

As I write this, snow is blowing outside my window, BUT yesterday it was almost 70 and a little snow can’t stop me from declaring it spring! The hoop house is weeded, the soil is cultivated, and seedlings are growing in classrooms! My FoodCorps service year has been...

My Favorite Day of The Week

“What is your favorite day of the week, Kelsie?? Is it Tuesday because you get to cook with us?” This is a question frequently asked by my second grade class and it got me thinking… As a FoodCorps member, what is my favorite day of the week? Every Monday I get to...