Be sure to follow this link to the TPES Garden Google+ Webpage. There you can find photos, blog posts and interesting links related to the garden.  We hope you find it fun and educational.

It has been a busy year in the garden. TPES became certified in the "Garden to Cafe" program and now produce can be harvested and served on the lunch room salad bar. We also started a 4th and 5th grade Garden Club that meets during recess twice a week. The large open garden area (corn last year) was planted with 11 different types of squash. Ms. Bustani's kinder class planted rare Makah Ozette potatoes that were provided by SlowFoods.org. These potatoes were a staple of the northwest indians from Washington. The garden club also enjoyed several Fuju Persimmons as well as Osborne Figs from the garden. 

In other happenings we now have a fully functional weather station located in the garden. The weather station collects data on temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction, and rain fall. This sensor data is uploaded to Weather Underground approximately every 14 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that since the station is new we are still making minor adjustments to the technology and the site may be down from time to time. This free service provides real time data from the weather station but will also hold historical data for over a year. There are several ways to view weather station data.  You can access the weather station via any web browser at this URL:http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KCASANDI423

You can also just go to wunderground.com and enter the station ID KCASANDI423 in the “Search Locations” box. Weather Underground also has free apps for iPhones and iPads available in iTunes, and Android phones via Google Play, you can learn more about the apps here:http://www.wunderground.com/download/index.asp#ios

The weather station data is available for student and teacher use from the their classrooms. We hope this new tool will be useful as part of their regular curriculum work. 

Our School Garden

4th Grade Gaden Club picking lettuce5th Grade Garden Club picking lettuceTPES Garden Weather Station KCASANDI423TPES Weather Sation KCASANDI423
Do you have garden supplies or time to donate?
Please volunteer!

 Outdoor Classroom and Garden

A group of enthusiastic TPES parents and community volunteers have been expanding the raised bed planting area into a TPES Outdoor  Education Classroom and Garden and WE NEED YOUR HELP! Imagine  your kids having class outside  planting,  growing, harvesting and then  composting their very  own food  and while taking in scientific facts related to biology ecology and the physical sciences. The more support we can find from our parent community the more our garden and children will grow.  

Can you shovel dirt, build planter boxes, or water plants?  Want to get more involved, have idea, or just want to learn more?  

Let us know by emailing VP Campus Relations Laura Alexander & Carolina Minte-Vera.

Peaceful Valley GrowOrganic.com provides seed donations to schools. Here is there easy to follow application process.

4th Grade Harvest5th Grade HarvestDelivering harvest to the kitchen

Section 5 of Article IX of the California Constitution guarantees students a “free public education.”

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