Print

Our Mission is Education for All Ages

2013MCBannerWebsite

For Kids to Learn At Home

What holiday happens every year, in the month of April, that celebrates the planet we call home? earth day copyPeople in our community may be getting together to clean up the land and oceans, plant trees or do other helpful activities for the one planet we live one. What day are we describing? Earth Day!!

What is the date of Earth Day? April 22nd
 
Here are some other questions to consider this month:
 
What is an ecosystem? 
“A community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.” 
 
Wow did you hear that? A community!! A community does not ONLY describe people living and working together in a particular area. 
 
Are we a part of a giant community of living organisms? YES!!
 
What is an Ecological Footprint? Wikipedia describes it as “The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems.” 
 
What is your family’s Ecological Footprint? Here is a calculator to find out your family’s demand on the Earth. 
 
What kind of things will you, your family and your community do this month and year, for the Earth? 
 
family-earth-day-250x150For Parents:
Family Discussions and Activities for the Earth:
1)Make a list of your Family’s Earth Resolutions
2)Plant a seed or tree
3)Have a green picnic
4)The whole family, get in the kitchen
5)Check your Ecological Footprint
6)Volunteer
7)Learn How to Dispose of Hazardous Materials
8)Start a Compost Bin
9)Shop Differently
10)Smarten your laundry skills (kids too!!)
To read more about these ideas, go to How Stuff Works. 
 
Earth Day Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers:
1)Yard tidying up
2)Neighborhood liter pick-up
3)Nature collage
4)Have your own “Earth Hour?!”
5)Visit a park and talk about what you see
6)Check here for books about the environment and nature.

Family Gardening Projects: 

Here are some ways to "reuse" and be creative with unique container gardening ideas. Chicken-Feeder-Planter-5
 
What do you have at home that you know longer use that could be used as a planter? 
 
We can all keep in mind how dry of a climate we live in. Like many plants that grow in the area, as “natives” what plants can we plant that won’t require as much water. 
 
Seed Starting  crafty container 2Here is a way that Market Educator, Amanda’s, neighbors started their seeds for the season, after simply punching holes in the bottom of each plastic sphere. Now these little plants will sprout in their little globes of soil:
 
And here is a book, with more ideas, Succulent Container Gardens.
 

 Recommended Recipes In Season

Janet Fletcher's website is full of great recipes for spring!

Food of Love Program

Check out the teen cooking program,"Food of Love" recently featured in the St. Helena Star .

We are looking for teens, from thirteen to twenty, to join A. & A. Kitchens and Market Educator, Amanda Tuttle after school on Tuesdays and during the summer to help "Food of Love" cook for St. Helena Hospital's cancer patients. Volunteers will help with set-up and cooking from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and with clean-up from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If any kids or families are interested in donating fruits/veggies for this program, or have fruits/veggies that can be gleaned by volunteers, please contact Amanda Tuttle - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Community Outreach

Here's a sample of the Educational Programs completed at the market or in the classroom in 2013 and conducted by Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator:    YoungApplesNewsletter

  • "Apples at School": Amanda visted The Young School to conduct a program celebrating apples! Students listened to a story that captured their imagination, tasted apples and then made Apple Paninis! Here's the pdflogosmallrecipe from one of the students.
  • "Colorful Choices": St. Helena Elementary Students shopped for color at the market and then met up with Amanda for a lesson on nutrition.
  • "Seed Art": Stephanie Zuntz, Art through Earth Sciences Teacher and Amanda led students from the Pathways Charter School to make homemade plant-able cards (tomato, eggplant and carrot), embedded with seeds, and made Seed Art Trees with naturally colored pumpkin seeds.
  • "Corn Amazement": A program celebrating the corn season and the science and beauty of corn,"  led by Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator. Here is a photo of the "Corn Blessing Circle," made with corn and corn flowers.
  • Pizza Wheel Garden Program:  Kids had a pizza veggie snack inspired by the book, "Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots" and a "Pizza Wheel Garden" at the Community Garden where Amanda lives.
  • Market Classroom: Chef André Cardé, St. Helena's Boys & Girls Club led his students and market goers in a fun "Kid's Cooking Activity".
  • Market Classroom - "Veggie Color Wheel":Kids from St. Helena's Discoveryland's "Summer Program" joined Amanda Tuttle at the Market Classroom  to learn about healthy shopping and eating by choosing a rainbow of fruits and veggies.
  • Market Classroom - "The Life of a Bee": Primary School and Catholic School students joined Meadowmont Farms' Beekeeper, Jim Foster for a lecture on the fascinating life in a beehive.
  • Market Classroom - "Chick Chick": Primary School classrooms joined Nutritionist and Chef, Kay Wilson, and Market Educator, Amanda Tuttle at the Market Classroom. Kids met Kay's chicken, "Chick-Chick," and learned about her life amongst her flock of Bantam Cochin hens.

And in favorite things, we have listed:

  • some of our Favorite Cookbooks from local Chefs/Food Writers recently featured in the market's Book-Signing Program,
  • Websites that will give you food for thought!
  • and for the "Movie Buffs", take a trip down memory lane and watch one of the great movies shown at past market "Movie Fundraisers".