April: Black Turtle Beans
As we approach Spring, a nice way to get excited about the gardens coming back to life is starting seeds inside. Beans are technically the seed of the bean plant, encased in a pod that may or may not be edible depending on the kind of bean. There are certain beans, like green beans, that you can harvest off a plant and enjoy fresh, but many varieties need to be dried and cooked to be edible, like the black beans we made our bean dip out of.
Planting Cherry Tomatoes- nature’s candy!
Students in grades 1-5, also made their own bean baggie necklaces that they got to bring home to grow into their own bean plants to look after- just remember, plants need the same things humans do, water, sunlight, and love!
Preschool and kindergartners practiced mindfulness as they transformed into little seeds of their own choosing and then got to plant some tomato seeds to look after in the classroom (This part of the lesson varied by school based on the needs of the garden).
Creamy (Vegan) Black Bean Dip
Mrs. Mahl’s 2nd Graders taking in what they created
-½ Cup of cooked Black Beans
-¼ Cup of Veggie Broth
-1 Clove of Garlic
– ⅛-¼ teaspoon of chili powder
-¼ Cup of chopped green onions
-½ teaspoon of Cumin
-Juice of half a lime
-Salt to taste
-1 Tb of Cilantro (Optional)
Blend in food processor or mash until creamy, then serve with chips!