Marrows have been the talk of the school since they started to take over the garden and our corn bed has been ready to go for a couple of weeks. The Junior Room began the day by harvesting both of these vegetables. The marrow were chosen for the fattest, most ripe fruit and the corn were all harvested in a mad corn collection relay, so much fun.
The fantastic Senior Room offered to cook our corn for us on the bbq so we placed it in a large tub of water so that the husks were wet and the corn would steam inside them.
The Junior Room went to work on the green giants, cutting them into manageable pieces and scooping out the squishy stuff inside. They used their word work to talk about the marrows, how they felt, what they smelt like it, was a pretty funny discussion. Finding seeds that we thought would grow well next year was harder than we had thought. Using our best kitchen tools, our fingers, we cleaned off the seeds and felt for fat, hard seeds that we could save.
We remembered that we had planted more than one type of zucchini but that they had all turned green. It was interesting to see that the seeds inside of the marrow were more true to their parent plant than the fruit itself. We'll have to do some research to find out how that happened.
The seeds are drying and our plan is to package them up ready to make little marrow babies next growing season.
When the school reflected at Silver Level as an Enviroschool and again at Green Gold last year the ideas of a cafe and lunch club were seeded.
Today we had a 'pop up' style cafe serving food grown in our garden and prepared by us. We were able to feed the whole school!
Trying to buy very little we decided on two recipes that used vegetables that we have plenty of. We made Marrow Fritters and Marrow and Chocolate Muffins.
We measured, mixed, chopped and grated all morning until the classroom filled with the fantastic smell of delicious food. We took out what we had made to share with everyone.
Ciara, Noah and Julia had been busy rinsing off the corn and steaming them inside their husks on the bbq, they even did the great job of peeling them for us and adding yummy salty butter.
Coming together as a whole school to enjoy a feast from our garden was a lovely way to start this lunchtime, to chat to someone different and to share experiences and discoveries.
Today reminds us how much Waikino School thrive when we work together and when we act on our ideas. Students who feel empowered by being able to make decisions that are listened to and given an opportunity to try are motivated, engaged students who truly thrive.
A big thank you to Dorette Hartley for spending most of her day with us, helping to harvest, prepare and serve our feast. We really appreciated all of your help.
What great day coming together, sharing healthy nourishing food that we have grown and prepared ourselves. We look forward to the next food sharing event as our garden continues to give.