Posts Tagged "garden"

Krazy Growing Kale

Krazy Growing Kale

The Jhamtse Gatsal Ama las (the four Housemothers, tasked with taking care of groups of 20+ children each, and many other keep-the-community-running kind of stuff) are garden miracle workers! They are all young and still learning, but they work hard, aren't afraid to try stuff, and boy are their thumbs green! While my little garden has been struggling along, theirs has been bursting with healthy, organic produce. I brought a bag full of my leftover seeds, and a few new ones I picked up before we came, and they were quite happy to use them all. There were many seeds & veggies…
Garden Update: Peas!

Garden Update: Peas!

Well, one garden is carrying on around here. At least one part of it: we've been picking and eating fresh peas, and they are gooooood. (We do get to eat lots of veggies at meals -- the amalas are good at growing stuff, and the kitchen staff works wonders with it.... but it is pretty rare to get to eat veggies that aren't cooked.) So we be lovin' these fresh little pods of green goodness balls. The rest of my garden= different story. I really should have known better about my spot and what I planted there, but I also…
H Work

H Work

Every now and then I get to get off the computer to get some work done. Wahoo! (Okay it started with a pencil and paper...ended up mostly back on the computer.) I'm working on an infographic for the fundraising campaign we're helping with. Here's a skip-through of my process: • Pencil drawing. • Inked it. Tool of choice is a fine point Sharpie. (Beware: the toddler's tool of choice is the Sharpie too...attention diverted to colored pencils.) • Erased the pencil. • Scanned. (The school has a scanner, otherwise I'd just grab a pic with my iPod camera.) • Crisped…
My Little Garden

My Little Garden

I love a little garden. I claimed a little corner of dirt below the guesthouse for my attempts at growing a few edibles this year. The boys helped me get it ready (they like to dig in the dirt too). I planted some of the seeds I brought -- a few kinds of tomatoes, peas, cukes (mostly things we can enjoy without our own kitchen for cooking) cilantro, cantaloupe -- and then gave the rest of the big bag to the Ama las (house mothers). They were stoked to get some new things to try. They are gardening extraordinaires! I…
Mmm Quinoa

Mmm Quinoa

I have been helping with an Experiential Education project here at Gatsal, experimenting with growing Quinoa (a nutritious grain). Quinoa originates in the Andes mountains of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, a region possibly similar to the Himalayan mountains. Our friend Amma -- here teaching science from Jamaica -- is in charge, and I do what I can to help her and help teach the Class 8 & 9 kids who are working on the project. We've been doing lots of research, writing, and hands-on time in the garden, which is definitely the fun part. You can read more about the…