Sorting the garlic harvest

20131024-084934.jpg

This is our second year of going through our garlic harvest and separating it into different size classes.  This is useful to know how our garlic is doing and allows us to better answer questions around the effects of soils, the amount of irrigation, and population dynamics.20131024-085331.jpg

We made the above board to size out our garlic.  This idea comes from the book: “Growing Great Garlic” by Ron Engeland.  We gave ourselves more defined size classes than in the book given our desert environment and our hardneck garlic status.  Using this method, we identify the largest heads of garlic that we will then be keeping for planting.20131024-090013.jpgBecause of our affiliation with Chrysalis Alternative School and the Math/Science/Sustainability program, we use this activity to teach the concepts of categorization, graphing, and percentages.  We find this kind of hands-on activity not only inspires interest in agriculture, but also helps make learning math and science more relevant to the students…

Advertisements

About Miguel

Miguel Santistevan is a researcher, educator, and advocate for traditional agriculture crops and systems.
This entry was posted in Acequia Culture, AIRE, Chrysalis Alternative High School, Research, Sol Feliz Farm and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s