November Garden Chats

As we begin to settle in to the cold season here in Chicago, we gathered together (virtually) to discuss ways to incorporate gardening and cooking education into the classroom.

11/4/20 Chat

If you weren’t able to join us live, you can watch the recording from the chat HERE. In the session, Sam showed us how to plant garlic in both a Learning Garden bed and a grow bag. Here is our Easy Guide to Planting Garlic: Garlic Planting Guide (Printable)

Video Resources

Garlic growth cycle Garlic growing timelapse How to Plant Garlic


Check out these recipes that feature garlic! Garlic Paste is great for roasted veggies, salad dressings, sauces, and pizza. Garlic Salt is a tasty way to preserve garlic to use all winter long. Video: Making Garlic Paste & Garlic Salt

Roots Lesson

In the chat, we were also joined by our Curriculum Manager, Dianna Zeegers, who demonstrated a lesson from the Ready, Set Grow curriculum.

11/17/20 Chat

In this session, we were joined by Pilot Light’s Caitlin Arens, who welcomed us into her kitchen to show us an easy way to prepare potatoes and root vegetables, and a quick and easy delicious green bean recipe. We also touched on how to talk about the Thanksgiving holiday with students, and modified holiday plans for this year. Chat Recording

Recipes from Pilot Light:

Roasted Root Vegetables + Green Beans – Your Way


Pilot Light Food Education Center– Elearning lessons are broken down by grade band and are designed to connect to their Food Education Standards and can be used in virtual or in-person classrooms.

Thanksgiving Resources

Register HERE for Big Green’s screening of Gather Film A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving for Educators and Families A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving (Center for Racial Justice in Education) Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way Harvest Ceremony- Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth, A Study Guide