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    Students using a press at the Harvest FestivalBy Anthony Warner, Garden Teacher

    What an amazing harvest season we have been having in the garden! Our annual harvest festival was a giant 2 day celebration full of harvest foods, mashing fresh apple cider, crafting leaf crowns, and enjoying the incredible Sept/Oct weather. Thank you so much to all the family volunteers- we appreciate you!

    Students in period dress at the Harvest Festival

    This season has brought about some awesome cooking activities! We have made fried green tomatoes, monster kale rice rolls, fresh Orca french fries from garden potatoes, and this week features a fall salad of beets, apples, carrots, & ginger. We soon will be diving into our fresh salad garden full of lettuces & greens also. Our goal around here is to eat delicious foods and have a deeper understanding of where that food comes from. When the food comes from 40 feet away- it's an eye opener!

    Students preparing food at the Harvest Festival

    Soon we will be preparing our tank for the salmon that we will raise from eggs and then 3 months later release into Seward Park's waters. The Coho salmon we raise (10+ years and counting) have been close to endangered the last few years and we are honored to help them out. Come visit them in January!

    Did You Know?

    The Orca Garden has been serving up the students of Orca K-8 lessons of food production, harvest and sustainability since 2008 – and Anthony Warner has been teaching and preaching the joys of planting and harvest for 10 years strong! An amazing catalogue of Orca Garden history is stored at the Orca Garden blog: https://orcagarden.wordpress.com/ Check it out and subscribe for updates!

    In this garden, we all belong. And the garden belongs to us all. The Orca Garden needs you!

    If you want to belong in the garden, help with work parties, join the fun helping in the legendary annual plant sale – please join the Garden Committee! Email to join at: orcagarden@gmail.com