The Buford Garden Aides Spill About The Fall Semester at Buford

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The Buford Garden Aides Spill About The Fall Semester at Buford

The students at Buford Middle School not only experience the garden, but they live it!  Their friendships, joys, learning experiences, and challenges are rooted in the foundation of their “story like” journey.  What is a journey if you can’t talk about it, right?

Working with Joshua Rene of The Spill Teem, Jasna, Tabi, Khadija, Emma, Anastasia, Hank, Jane, Izzy, Mia, and Ariela wrote about their semester, and we are thrilled for you to get a glimpse from a few of them about their time in the City Schoolyard Garden at Buford.  Welcome to the Buford Middle School Student Blog!

~ Joshua + Emily


Harvest Festival by Izzy

Carrying loads of hay to the hill, dropping them here and there, and going back for more. I was helping out at the Harvest Festival because I needed to do my community service and this was the perfect opportunity to help set up for the event! (I got a couple friends to help out, too). I signed up and planned to be at school that day. My job was to write and hang signs.

Halfway through the work, the goat came. He/she was really small. I had to put a goat sign up. Then later on, the food came. The food was from Sticks and I put the food on the tables and put up the menu sign. Then I left to go to my soccer practice.

After my soccer practice, I went back. The food was really great! There was music and a lot of people. There were so many outdoor activities. In the garden we were able to pick produce. There were hot peppers to try. Oh! Did I mention they had various sports on the field? Well, they did.


Overall, I had fun setting up the festival and it was a win-win because I got my community service covered too. I can’t wait to help out again. I really liked to have the chance to do my work with friends. Even though people were separated into groups; I got to help and work with new people.


Ms. Emily’s Never-Ending Smile by Emma

One of the Buford garden’s most distinguishable traits is Ms. Emily’s smile. Anyone who comes into the garden witnesses this force of nature. It never fades… not even when she’s talking. Truly one of the wonders of the world. I wish more people would smile like she does and bring that radiance she brings to the table.


Everyday I come into the garden or classroom to be met by her smile. If all goes well, her smile typically stays for the entire class time. Usually I’m the first one in the classroom due to having lunch right before class. That means I get the most of her smiles. Her bright smile makes class go well and keeps up the morale. Ms. Emily’s amazing smile is only ever put out by stressful situations. Sometimes it can be put out when people are upset as they enter class, or when no one listens to her she may yell instead. When she yells, it gets quiet pretty quickly in our small group. Let me add though, she hardly ever yells. Ms. Emily’s voice is not used to yelling. When we went on a field trip to Carter’s Mountain, her yell could barely be heard above everyone talking. I find that when she gives you a task with her smile on, you can’t be impolite or say no to her…or at least so I think.

I like working in the garden and being outside. I enjoy seeing my fellow 7th graders running around the track in Ms. Bambury’s class next door, or in Engineering when we are in the library studying up on plants. I love it when everyone happily marches to the tool shed and grabs a shovel or some other tool. I like it because it looks like a “farmer’s revolt” as one of my friends in early-morning PE said, as we were going to the freezing garden one early October morning. Did I mention I’m the only 7th grader in the 6th period class? It never bothers me. I’m as big as the 8th graders, and being an only child makes me a bit more mature for my age group. Khadija didn’t even know I was a 7th grader ‘till way into the year!

Another sunny spot of this smile is that some days when I’m feeling down, It’s a pleasant surprise to find such a happy face when I come into class 4 days a week. Sadly, sometimes I can’t enjoy it as much, like when I’m tired or sick.

In closing, one thing I’ve noticed more in my time in the garden is that keeping positive and smiling while working with a happy face is crucial to keeping a happy time. I think the garden grows positivity. Anyone who comes into the garden always leaves with a smile! In the Fall, those same people who come to the garden also leave with some yummy veggies, too.


Cooking in Garden Aide Class by Jane


We’ve been cooking recipes in garden class about every week. Our first recipe was french onion soup, delectable to some, but personally, I thought it was gross. It included nothing more than onions, spices, herbs and vegetable broth. Unfortunately, it was only after the smell of cooked onions filled our kitchen that we were informed our classmate’s sister was allergic to them.

Our next recipe was mini pizzas. We made the dough, then boiled homemade sauce made from our garden tomatoes and herbs, and finally made each pizza into our desired shapes to keep track of whose was whose. We loaded it up with veggie toppings and baked them. Since I couldn’t finish my steaming pie; everyone on my bus was very eager to get a slice, but I refused to give up the fruit of my labor.


Our last recipe was Phil’s pumpkin bread (RECIPE_LINK_HERE). He picked out a multi-layered bread which may have been a mistake, but I’ll get to that in a second. First, we needed to get the raw materials (as a small pumpkin was purchased for this recipe). We cut it, cooked it, mashed (by yours truly), and froze it. Although freezing was not needed for this recipe, we ran out of time, and didn’t want it to mold. When we came back to class the next day, we thawed the pumpkin at a low temperature in the oven. Next, we prepared the batter. Once we’d filled the pan we put it in the oven. Miss Emily later found our bread all over the oven, splattered all along the top and sides of it. Although it was still edible she spent her after-school hours cleaning the oven. Since the bell rung before it was ready, we sampled it the next day–it was delicious!


And now, a story from one of our classmate, Phil.  (Below, is an exaggerated event, so please don’t take it too seriously!)

Phil after cooking one day, was humbly washing dishes only to find a knife waiting to be washed at the bottom of the sink. The frothy bubbles were hiding its malicious edge. He went down to its depths to see if any more dishes needed to be cleaned, when suddenly, he felt a sharp edge slice his fingertip. Phil removed his thumb from the sink and saw his throbbing thumb cut on the tip. The bubbles started to turn ruby red as he examined the wound. He ran to Miss Emily screaming as the excruciating pain began to overtake him. He was carried to the nurse’s office and then fell unconscious. Phil has since awakened, but he’s still being treated for his wound and trauma.

Our next recipe will be granola bars so be sure you get a chance to read our next blog!


Making Food by Tabi

The reason I think making food from the garden is fun is because you can use fresh ingredients from the garden. You can also try it and see what you have made and if it is good or not. You can work with a group and you don’t have to be alone in making a recipe. You can divide the steps up so each person will have something to do. Because as you know, there can be a lot of things to do in a recipe. I also enjoy it because you can pick what you want to make when it’s your turn to make the food.


Those are a few of the reasons I like making food from the garden. Also, you can be proud of what you made because you know you put all your effort in it and gave it your best! Most of all, you get to learn how to cook better and try different kinds of food that you may not have tried before.


Additional Fall & Winter Gardening at Buford by Ms. Emily

The Garden Aides, along with the rest of Buford’s 7th and 8th grade classes have been pitching in throughout the year to make their garden grow.

We’ve prepped our beds for our fall crops and put others to bed until spring…


We harvested the bounty from our summer and fall crops…


We hung out with some chickens that visited for a couple days…


We cooked popcorn grown in our very own garden over the fire, and trialed toasting kale over the flames as well…


And we headed up to Carter’s Mountain for some apple picking, cider, and donuts!!


Now, we are grateful to be at rest for the winter season, and for the work and words of our students and our leaders that inspire us each day.