What's Growing On? our Ybes School Garden Newsletter

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The mission of Ysabel Barnett Elementary School Garden Lab is to cultivate knowledge and inquiry of agriculture, nutrition, and environmental stewardship through hands-on learning and environmental action.

Current Projects/Activities

We are currently working on multiple projects/Activities: Click the links for more info! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Mrs. Manion or Mr. Hintz.

Little Garden Libraries

We received the Literacy For Life Grant to create outdoor libraries! The grant also funded new books for visitors to enjoy! Our students and parent volunteers worked together to get the libraries ready for our recent garden tour and STEAM night! Check out the amazing rock bases, wood burning designs, and colorful artwork!

Find a stump and read a book!
The garden is a perfect place for painting the garden libraries!

Second Grade Science Garden Beds!

Second Graders

Mrs. Walton's Class Garden

School Wide Recycling!

Mr. Reilly and his awesome class promoted paper recycling and took charge of our once-a-week school recycling program. Thank you to CR&R for donating our recycle bins!

Got Paper?
Recycling is fun!

Stumpy Studio Rocks!

Our 5th grade students helped design and build our excellent outdoor classroom area! They designed and built tables and furniture for the space!

Constructing a standing desk
Building telescoping legs for their table design!
Painting reclaimed stumps!

Be the Change: Student Led Project

Environmentally aware Fifth Graders, Emily and Anvita, started a campaign to remove Styrofoam trays from our lunch program and find Earth-friendly alternatives.

Annual 3rd Grade Cabbage Competition!

Our third grade students participated in a cabbage growing competition. Check out the size of these beautiful cabbages! Thank you, Bonnie Plants, for donating cabbages to each third grader!

2018/2019 Winner

Keeping Our School Clean and Green!

Our students created this crew to help clean up our school each Friday after school!

BES Clean Up Crew
Cleaning in style with our donated carts!

Weekly Kindergarten Classes in the Garden!

Our Master Gardener volunteer taught weekly NGSS lessons in our school garden! What an awesome outdoor classroom! Thanks Mrs. Kipling! We are planning on expanding this opportunity to First Grade next year.

Learning about apples!
Finding insect friends in the soil!


We are always looking for new opportunities to grow our garden programs and school green projects!

Green Ribbon Winners!

Our School has made tremendous growth with Green Initiatives and Practices. We qualified for a Silver California Green Ribbon Award this past year. We will be going for the gold in 2020!

Our Peas Grow Full Circle

Our garden gang entered the Temecula Valley Garden Club Flower Show and won first prize! We have been growing peas for the past three years. Students have learned how to save seeds!

Saving peas for next season!
Peas, please!
Future pea soup!!

Literacy for Life Grant Approved!

We received a grant for our outdoor library project from the Oreggia Family Foundation. Thanks to Mrs. Manion for bringing literacy to the garden!

Whole Kids Foundation Grant

We received a substantial grant from Whole Kids Foundation! We are just beginning the planning process for our outdoor kitchen cart which inspired our application for this grant. Contact Mrs. Manion (mmanion@tvusd.k12.ca.us) if you are interested in helping bring this project to life!

Taste and Teach

Our garden club received a grant from California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Students were able to eat a variety of health fruits and vegetables grown in California!

Blueberry Day was delicious!!
Artichokes are interesting!

Teacher Spotlight

Master Gardener Dr. Jonie Kipling

Dr. Kipling, our UCCE Master Gardener has helped our school for the past 2 years with many wonderful programs! Dr. Kipling was a teacher in new yourk for 27 years working with a variety of levels throughout her career. Over the years, she has worked with preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school classes, and she taught methods courses at Hofstra University. Her goal is to actively get children involved in the garden, growing food that they will eat, and flowers that they will enjoy. Promoting a love for the environment and eating nutritional food are two things about which Dr. Kipling feels passionate.


Thank you to all of the volunteers, parents, students, teachers, and administrators who helped make this year such a success!


Andy Hintz: ahintz@tvusd.k12.ca.us & Meghan Manion: mmanion@tvusd.k12.ca.us

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