May Garden Newsletter, message from Ms. Julia, Many Shapes of Clay + Resource Round-Up 6/4

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Hello! It’s Julia Yost, your Garden Educator!

Happy spring! And happy end of a very different kind of school year! We want to say a HUGE thank you to families who supported virtual Garden School with us this year- helping your children to engage with our remote activities, encouraging them to get outside and connect with Nature, volunteering your time in the garden, and advocating for garden learning at Lincoln Park. 

We hope to continue our partnership next year and I also want to let you know after such a complicated personal and professional year, I have decided to take a short break from education. I have loved working at Lincoln Park and I cherish the time I have gotten to spend with your kids in the garden. I do hope to continue teaching the future. Even though I will not be your educator next year, it does mean you’ll have another amazing Grow Portland Educator! 

In the meantime we’ll be reaching out to coordinate summer garden maintenance- our main contact for this is our Operations Manager, Jennie Marable:  Please contact her if you have any initial questions about the garden site.

Thank you to those families who completed our survey in February for ideas on culturally specific crops for the garden- we will incorporate those suggestions into our summer planting this month.  And we are currently harvesting spring crops such as herbs and salad greens to share with families before the end of the year.

Our year-end virtual lessons are all about celebration, gratitude, and community and include an important land acknowledgement.  These lessons were sent to teachers the week of May 10.  You can check out those lessons and all of our lessons from this year on the Grow Portland YouTube Channel

While we have not been able to teach in-person lessons at Lincoln Park , we are encouraging teachers to get outside with their classes on their own and utilize some of our simple, fun garden activities. More activities and resources are always available on our website

Wishing you and your families a healthy, fun summer!


Julia Yost

This week’s story is Many Shapes of Clay by Kanesha Sneed. It is a story of love and grief, of healing and creation. I often get asked about grief books after someone has experienced a loss. While there are many good books out there designed to help a child process a loss in their life, I also encourage children (and adults) to read books like this together, whenever. A story like this lays a foundation for resilience. When things fall apart, what can you do? Who helps you?

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