Garden and Food

November 30, 2018 / Garden and Food / Mónica Mesquita

Not long ago, I was reminded by one of our SOP students that “seeds are life just waiting to start.” Her words prompted me to think deeply and differently about one of our garden practices—seed saving.

August 23, 2018 / Garden and Food / Tamar Kupiec

The kitchen and the garden at IslandWood are longtime friends and neighbors. Like good friends, they have a lot in common, such as a passion for good food and an affinity for manual labor. As neighbors, one need only cross a small gravel lot and a skinny road to pay a visit.

May 29, 2018 / Garden and Food / Tamar Kupiec

The kale was in bloom, masses of tiny yellow flowers hoovering over the long-legged plants. The petals obscured the children’s faces. Curious hands disappeared into their midst and then reappeared with pinches of flowers.

November 20, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

Last winter holds the remarkable distinction of being the wettest winter ever recorded in Seattle. The rains were indeed epic. Like all gardeners, we worried about what this would mean for the health of our plants. Some seemed unfazed by the seemingly endless rain. A few even performed better than usual.

October 25, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

When visitors walk into the garden classroom, they usually remark that it feels like a peaceful, happy place. And it is. Except that like any garden, the work needed to maintain it is constant and sometimes overwhelming.

August 25, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

Getting kids to eat their veggies is a familiar struggle. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people of all ages to be wary of trying new foods—particularly vegetables. But knowing how healthy it is to have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, the question remains for parents and educators: how to get kids to eat their veggies? 

July 25, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.” 

July 05, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

After much planning, our garden construction project is finally underway! The garden team has been preparing for the impact to our teaching space for many months.

June 01, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

A seed, with all of its beauty and mystery, is so much more than a mere object: it is the physical embodiment of a dream. For every time we plant a seed we are planning for a future harvest. Seeds can carry us into dreams of future meals made with fresh food, and memories of seasons past.

May 15, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

“What’s in that box over there?” asked a curious young student. “Oooh, is that a beehive?” asked another with much enthusiasm. “You have bees?” another student said with wary apprehension. The team had barely entered the garden when I was peppered with these questions.

April 26, 2017 / Garden and Food / Carrie Guess

I had little exposure to bees prior to coming to IslandWood. Most of what I knew about them came from overhearing my parents complain about carpenter bees eating our wood deck each spring.

April 18, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

When the first hardy plants emerge from cold winter soils, gardeners celebrate! Not only is the color green wonderful to see after months of looking at bare earth, but these early sprouts also signal fresh, delicious food. After a long winter, our bodies are especially ready for the nourishment that comes from locally grown vegetables.

March 28, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

Pi Day is an annual celebration of one of our most famous irrational numbers: pi. March 14th (3/14) is the designated holiday, since 3.14 are the first three digits of pi. And as pi rhymes with pie, it’s only fitting to celebrate with a snack!

March 06, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

Happiness held is the seed; 

Happiness shared is the flower. 

~Author Unknown

February 14, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

Last summer we had three beehives in our IslandWood garden