Reflections on a Walk…


I work with a group of 5th and 6th graders, spending the year helping them connect with nature and the environment. In celebration of Tu B’Shevat – the Jewish New Year for the Trees, we made tree collages. In preparation for the class, I went on a treasure walk – looking for things on the ground that we would be able to use.  It was a very special walk for me; I was a hunter. My prey was anything that was laying on the ground and that I thought would dry enough within 3 days to be used in the project. It was such a fun walk! I went home with a collection of fallen leaves, pieces of moss, broken mushrooms, hemlock cones, twigs, you name it, if I could just pick it up off the ground, it went into my bag. I then spread it all out on my living room floor to dry, bringing the forest into my home. Some of the kids had gone on their own treasure hunts as well. What beautiful art we made from my ‘treasures’! 

Published by andreasgardencooking

I have been a sustainability professional for over 20 years and vegetable gardener for nearly as many. We rely on our garden to provide almost all our produce and what we don't get from the garden we try to source from local farmers. With children ranging from 3 years to 22 years old, I have a wide variety of taste buds to make happy. Cooking from the garden means needing to find variety in how we use whatever vegetable or fruit is in peak to keep my family interested and excited.

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