One of our favorite things to do here at Schoolyard Gardens is to get the kids to eat the vegetables they grow in their gardens and last week we got to enjoy that experience with a first grade class at Frontier School of Innovation (FSI)! On Wednesday, we hosted a Hash Brown Harvest Party with Ms. Patton’s first grade class!
Potatoes are one of the most exciting things to harvest for the students because they’re underground, so they get to dig around and find them like a treasure hunt! The students at FSI have been growing a bed of potatoes since the springtime and they finally got to harvest them last week! They had a great harvest; the students filled three big baskets full of red potatoes.
Then for our harvest party this week, we used the potatoes they harvested to make hash browns! The students were split into 3 teams and each team was responsible for making one part of the feast. One team made the cheesy hash brown patties, another made pico de gallo (using tomatoes and jalapeños from their school garden!) and another team made the black beans, lime crema, and sliced green onions!
When everything was made, the students had made a beautiful hash brown bar. The students each got a hash brown patty that they could top with black beans, pico de gallo, lime crema and green onions. The kids loved it and everyone wanted seconds (and thirds) and asked if we could do it again tomorrow!
It was so much fun to get the kids excited about eating the vegetables they had grown in their garden! Had the kids not grown the vegetables we were using, I don’t think they would have been as open to trying everything. We had a blast cooking and eating with kids and can’t wait to do more harvest parties with our fall gardens!