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Gardening at Washington Open

Garden PictureHave you checked out the Washington Open Garden recently?  A dedicated team of parents has been working tirelessly to upgrade and beautify the garden areas.  Be sure to stop by and see the amazing results!

Washington Open's gardening program offers an opportunity for our students to nurture and appreciate nature while learning how plants grow. Students of all grade levels learn to take care of plants and vegetables in our on-campus garden. The harvests are used in cooking projects.

Want to be more involved, sign up here for an activity.


Plant something!  

Consider changing out your classroom bed:  Annual flowers that match the season; seasonal produce (ask if the group has extras!)

Observe the garden

A lot is happening in the garden this month. The changing season has brought a changing landscape.  What changes do you see?

Gardening tasks

Weeding, observation of the change in seasons, planting, journaling

Edible Garden Introduction: Rules, Picking, Tasting

Stop at the fence, read rules together, tell students where to meet within the garden or at your classroom garden beds (stumps, platform bench…), describe activity, commence!

Tasting & Cooking

Herb tea with lemon



9/9. Parents start in class

9/12. Garden Club. Salsa & Pesto (Help needed!)

Week of 9/16.  Garden Club. Seed Starting*

9/9-9/27.  Time to explore/use summer harvest**

10/4. Nutrition Services @ SCUSD Farm (see below)

*Can your classroom adopt a seedling flat?

**Do you want to cook with garden produce?


The season is coming to an end!  Please enjoy your harvest as it becomes ripe. If you take a walk through the garden with your classes, encourage everyone to gently harvest the produce.


  • Tomatoes

  • Bell Peppers

  • Green Onions

  • Beans

  • Zucchini 


  • Butternut squash and watermelons*

*If you want a butternut squash or watermelon for your class, email ASAP to reserve one.

Nutrition Services First Farm Showcase

Nutrition Services is having their first food showcase on Oct 4th, 4:00-6:00 pm at the Farm. We are inviting all parents, staff, students and vendors. 

Everyone will have a chance to

  • Meet our farmer Dave and go on a farm tour
  • Sample current and future menu items that students are eating
  • Meet our vendors and learn about their products
  • Demo of our combi ovens we use at school sites
  • Sample some scratch cooked menu items made by our school chefs
  • Enter our pumpkin raffle
  • Take a picture at the pumpkin patch
  • Fun games for kids