Pedagogy of the Plants

Flowers in the Hood

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This afternoon I walked to school to check on our class vegetable bed and take some photos along the way.  During the school year, the morning walk takes between ten and fifteen minutes.  Avian neighbors’ songs become familiar, as do annual changes in foliage, and the comfortable smells of breakfast.  

The nopal cactus is a favorite among my Mexican students, whose mothers scrape the spines, then slice the pads up for ensaladas de nopalitos (click here for a recipe).  The plant above thrives in a tiny front yard located almost across the street from school.  A peach tree and young long needle pine that looks like a muppet also grow in the small space.  Listen to the morning trek to school recorded back in March:

Virginia Avenue is for lubbers.  They arrive in early spring and quadruple in size (while feeding on everything in sight) over the course of a couple months.  Many say “they’re for killing,” but I try to persuade my students to let them live among us, despite their voracious appetite.

Figs are on the way!

This is the second Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreak I’ve met this year.  The first was on the honeydew plant.

After visiting the school gardens, I walked down Prince Avenue to Daily, the local co-op. They make the best vegan tempeh reubens.  The iron cello above is a few doors down.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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  1. Thanks for the recipe– Josie will be thrilled. She has just tried nopalitos with her dad in Fort Valley, GA. She’d taken over cooking on Mondays and I think with our prickly pear in the backyard, this could end up on our menu.

    Stacy Smith

    June 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm


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