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Sow it, Grow it, Eat it, KNOW IT!
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  • Upcoming Event: Fall Garden Party!
  • Director's Dirt
  • Our Roots 
  • Garden Volunteer Wednesdays
  • We Give Thanks!
  • Wish List...
  • Classroom in Bloom in Action
Upcoming Events!
Please join us for our
2nd Annual Fall Garden Party
Saturday, Sept 16th
6-8pm in the garden


Join us for cocktails and live music under the sunflowers as our garden transforms into a fall harvest gathering. Bring a friend and join our community of support for Classroom in Bloom. Thank you to our caterers for generously donating locally sourced sweet and savory appetizers.  

Cost: $25/person. 
These funds go directly to Classroom in Bloom's educational programs. There will be a no-host bar serving hand-crafted cocktails, and raffle tickets to win all sorts of garden prizes. This is an adult event with childcare available (please sign up beforehand) 

Click here to 
purchase tickets,
or visit the events page on our website for more information.
Director's Dirt

While smoke and that piney heat of summer fill the skies during July and August, I am amazed to see the sunflowers and zinnias standing tall, the tomatoes thriving as their vines outgrow the trellis, and the summer squash extending their girth by inches per day. This last half of summer is a time of growth and a chance to see the fruits of our labor. Today Emily sent me a message that she found a hidden gem, a cantaloupe. It was extra large, secretly growing in the shade of its own leaves, silently soaking up its secure water source, and appreciating the heat to develop its sweet nectar. Emily doesn't even remember planting it! This melon plant brings to mind the critical necessity of sunshine and day length, water and nutrients, clean air and nutrient balanced soil. These elements feed life in our arid environment.

In our garden classroom, we get to teach this to our students. We study with the students how the Methow's river and weather are connected to our food supply. We help students understand how composting and taking care of the soil will help us grow. We encourage trying new vegetables that students have grown and tended with their own hands. We teach that if we nurture mother nature, she will provide for us.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we'll see you when the students are back again in September!

Kim 

Our Roots
We have a fantastic crew of employees this summer, and here is a shout out to their energy, commitment, and dirty knees!  You can find most of us in the garden on Wednesdays with flowers in our hair, hiding amidst the rows while trimming and weeding away, and jammin to the music. 
Garden Volunteer Wednesdays

During the summer months we are working in the garden EVERY Wednesday til Aug 30th. Help us plant, weed, water, and harvest; we are here from 7am - 3pm during these hot summer days; just choose a 2 hour block that works for you. If you have a group that would like to do a community service project with us, we can arrange other days of the week as well.

Stay tuned for
tomato trellis building, as soon as next Wednesday, August 16th, was we need a few good minds and bodies to help with construction

We are also looking for a volunteer that is savvy with the computer progr
am Little Green Light and would like to do some data management for us on a regular basis. Times and dates are flexible.

Please signup via https://www.volunteermethow.org/  or contact kim@classroominbloom.org if you are interested or have questions about either of these opportunities.

We Give Thanks!
Every volunteer and donation makes a huge difference to sustain Classroom in Bloom.  We want to say a huge thank you to the following people for your efforts this summer:

Sam Lucy and Bluebird Grain Farm - Sam tilled several times our new 1/2 acre at the garden this summer, planted a cover crop of peas and rye, and has donated a tote of fertilizer for the site.  This is our preparation for the new garden patch and future greenhouse location, as our winter programs and extended seasons expand! Summer Worker Bees- Alisa Malloch, April Stephens, Ilene Hamilton, Gabby Beaudin and Lincoln Post for your help keeping our garden ship-shape all summer long. Joe and Tracy Sprauer - for donating a brand new mower to our operations! Camden Shaw, Plantas Nativas - for donating use of his backhoe for turning extra large compost piles. Katrina Keeling at Twisp Farm and Feed - for donating loads of supplies, fertilizer and soil mixes for planting. Joe and Tracy Sprauer - for donating a brand new mower to our operations!  Seith and Keri Miles - for donating ready made raspberry trellises to the garden. Northwest Outward Bound School - Over 20 outward bound high school and college students came from around the country to help with projects in the garden this summer. With wheel barrows and shovels they spread a fertilizer across CiB's latest new ground. They eagerly dug quack grass, scuffle-hoed the paths, brought in wood chips and grazed in the raspberry patch. Although exhausted from their 22 day course, they brought great enthusiasm to the garden and were impressed by what our schools have here. Many students spoke to how they wished that such an opportunity had existed for them in school. 
Wish List for Classroom in Bloom
Classroom in Bloom is in need of  a few items to help us settle into our new office, and organize our summer before the students return in September.  If you have any of these items in gently used condition, please let us know and we will gladly organize a pickup.   Thank you kindly for helping us recycle goods instead of buying new.

Contact Kim@classroominbloom.org to organize pickups.  All donations are tax deductible.

1) 4-drawer locking file cabinet with key
2) Office chair
3) 10 ft extension cord for surge protector plug-in
4) Garden hand tools, especially pruners
5) Mid-sized rototiller in good working condition
6) HDMI cable and USB 4-way external port
7) Plastic storage tubs with lids (any and all sizes)
8) Re-chargeable batteries and charger (AAA, AA)
9) Long hoses in good condition
10) Hand-held spray nozzles
11) Digging forks 
Classroom in Bloom in Action
Just look at all these veggies in the garden just waiting for harvest as soon as students arrive back to school in just three weeks!  The goodies (100 heads of lettuce) we harvested in June and July were donated to the Twisp Park Summer Lunch Program and to the Cove.
Donate Now
Classroom in Bloom is a not for profit 501c3 organization operating on the Methow Valley School District campus. Individual gifts make up about 60% of our annual revenue to support and provide this essential program to our students and community. 

Your contribution means a lot to us!
Thank you for all your support!
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