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Spotlight on Jerusalem Artichokes

Thanks to a donation from Urban Adamah we have Jerusalem artichoke tubers as an offering in our OUSD Veggie CSA for the month of November. You may not have heard of these tasty tubers but perhaps you know them by one of their other common names - sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple. I love that, earth apple. Their latin name is Helianthus tuberosus. They are a species of sunflower and are part of the aster family. While called Jerusalem artichoke this plant did not originate from Jerusalem and is in fact, native to America. The Native Americans first cultivated and cooked with it. In fact, they "have been cultivated by Native American Indians for centuries from the First Nations in the northeast to the Seminole in the South and as far west as traditional Kiowa and Paiute lands." (OmTimes)

Fast Facts

Native to the Americas

Cultivated by Native Americans for centuries

Perennial sunflower

Tubers are harvested in fall

Prolific grower

Best planted in a barrel or contained space

High in inulin


Want to learn more: https://omtimes.com/2017/10/sunchoke/

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Harvest of the Month November: Pears

Do you have fruiting pear trees on your campus?

If so, we want to hear from you! Please email me, Kat.Romo@ousd.org, to have your pear tree and its story featured in our new HOTM educational offering coming out later this month.
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Remote Pear Tasting

In advance of your remote taste testing class ask the students to work with their families to purchase a pear for the experience. Expose them to the different colors and varieties of pears so that they come back to class with a representative sampling of many different varieties. Have them engage in a mindful eating exercise using all of their senses to experience the pear. Proceed with the activity below with slight modifications for our remote context.
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Family and Educator Harvest of the Month Newsletters (Family News is in English and Spanish)


Order by 5pm on Tuesday for pick-up Thursday-Friday.

New this week:

Spinach seeds

1-gallon bags of compost

Jerusalem artichokes

Garden Steward Deliverables

School Learning Garden Fruit Tree Assessment

  • Please complete the form below so I can better help you to have a thriving school orchard. Fruit Tree Assessment Form
  • If you haven't completed your Covid Protection Plan, Maintenance Plan, or GS Agreement please reach out to me for assistance.

New - OUSD Planting Calendar!

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Check Out our Garden Workshop Series!

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Garden Meet-Up

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 3-5pm

This is an online event.

Description:This is an open forum to discuss what's happening in the gardens, share ideas, and problem solve. We'll also discuss anything that's new with our programming and supports. Looking forward to seeing you!

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 84989403333
Password: 038304

‪(US) +1 346-248-7799‬

Passcode: 038304

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Browse the ClimateCorps Education Outside Asynchronous Video Library

We currently work with Climate Corps at some of our OUSD schools. You can access and browse their video library by filling out the brief request in the link below. I'd love to hear if you decide to use them!

"Climate Corps Education Outside is a program of SEI that is planting the seeds of science and ecoliteracy to grow environmental leaders. We do this by engaging K-5 public school students in gardens and outdoor classrooms on their campuses. During school closures we've been reaching students with asynchronous videos paired with synchronous instruction to deliver our services. If you'd like access to our K-5 video bank please fill out the form on this page to get the free library of resources."