Notes from the CEO

A little Squirrely Garden update…

I am the CEO of Squirrely Garden, the garden at Baby’s school (also currently, the Spy’s summer camp). This is the first year of the garden. A deer fence was in early discussions of planning this garden, but is not yet installed. The deer have been jumping the fence and nibbling a bit, but we’re still getting some great results for the first year (especially considering we got a late start).

Baby in Squirrely Garden

Baby in Squirrely Garden

Check out those rock borders. The little kids hauled ALL those rocks from about 50 yards away!

For the record, kids love hauling rocks.

For the record, kids love hauling rocks.

A watermelon in Squirrely Garden

A watermelon in Squirrely Garden

Lots of little yellow squash in there (and note the nibbled squash leaves in the foreground)

Lots of little yellow squash in there (and note the deer-nibbled squash leaves in the foreground)

One of the teachers helping the kids harvest the squash

One of the teachers helping the kids harvest the squash

Picking squash from the other side (and check out that lush lemon grass!)

Picking squash from the other side (and check out that lush lemon grass!)

School in the background. Squirrely Garden is on a hill with a million dollar view.

School in the background. Squirrely Garden is on a hill with a million-dollar view.

Picking

Picking

One of the teachers encouraging the kids to twist off the ripe cukes.

One of the teachers encouraging the kids to twist off the ripe cukes.

Pretty good harvest!

Pretty good harvest!

The chef uses the produce in the menu. The ultimate goal is to get 30% of the school’s food from Squirrely Garden. This year it’s mostly picking a few things here and there, but with the deer fence added and lots of prepping through the winter, next year Squirrely Garden should be unbelievable!

To facilitate a little glimpse into the philosophy of the school; here are some excerpts from an email sent out by the school yesterday…

We source locally grown food, we maximize sustainability by eating seasonally, we connect children to the food production process through our garden and the seed to plate approach. All of this is made possible by our incredible Chef Katie, and now Chef Katie needs YOUR help.

…Eating locally means eating in season. So what do we eat in January? Why food we bought and froze/dehydrated/vacuum packed/canned during the growing season, of course.

That’s where YOU come in! All that freezing/dehydrating/vacuum packing/canning takes a lot of prep, and Chef Katie just can’t go it alone. We need more nimble fingers to do all the slicing and dicing, chopping and cleaning. So we are calling on parents to help us stock up for the winter. Just let us know when you’re available, and we’ll put you to work. Squirrels do it for their babies, and so should you!

A little slicing and dicing so Baby can enjoy peaches and pumpkin (etc.) this winter? Sign me up!

Squirrely Garden 7.17.14

Squirrely Garden 7.17.14

5 thoughts on “Notes from the CEO

  1. narf77

    Looks like a wonderful school, a wonderful garden and a wonderful C.E.O. to me oh, throw in a wonderful ethos and this post is “wonderful” :)

    Reply
  2. Eliza Waters

    Squirrely Garden is looking great. This project is so awesome! I love that the school is sourcing locally. I hope you get enough volunteers – as they say, ‘many hands make light work.’ Just looking at those long rows of stones laid out proves that point. :-)

    Reply

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