Teacher Spotlight: David Muskrath, Monroe High School

It is “Teacher Appreciation Day” and we truly appreciate all of our teachers. Their hard work and dedication to our Learning Gardens is truly appreciated. We’d like to spotlight one of our teachers, Mr. David Muskrath from Monroe High School. He is a Horticulture Teacher and has been the garden lead since 2016. We asked him 3 questions and this is what he had to say.

1. What do you like to grow in the garden?  Some of our favorite things to grow are carrots because straight from the ground they are SO sweet during the cold months.  We just wish they weren’t such slow growers. Another is radishes because they grow so fast and easy, and we love the crunchiness.

And another is arugula because like radish, it’s fast and easy.

2. What challenges do you experience in the garden?  Our challenges in the garden are ants (actually they’re in the compost). Another challenge are the aphids that get into things like kale and collards.  But those pests are a good excuse to buy a cup of lady bugs (which hold about a thousand little ladies) and let them go. So much fun.

3. What is your favorite recipe?

A favorite recipe is lentil soup.  


bag of lentils

carrots, celery, onion (the holy trinity)

chard (or kale)


extra virgin olive oil (evoo)

salt and pepper

4-6 cups water

Chop the holy trinity fine or course; cook for ten minutes in a little olive oil over medium heat in a pan, adding salt and pepper; add chopped garlic; cook until you smell the garlic (about a minute–don’t burn it); switch everything to a pot and add water and bag of lentils; bring to a boil, then change to low heat and cover.  Cover, and stir occasionally for an hour.

Use as much or as little of the ingredients as you desire.  I never measure (except when baking ’cause I got no skills there).  Use more water if you like it soupy and less water if you like it thicker.  

It’s simple; it’s healthy; it’s cheap; it’s delicious.