Gardening at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

At the end of the school year, Angry Kid had a unit on gardening.  He learned all about plants, how they grow, and they even grew some little plants of their own.  He was very excited to start a garden at home.  Fast forward to the summer, with a week-long trip to Yosemite, soccer camp, and everything else going on.  Let’s just say, that we haven’t had the time to work on the “vegetable garden project”.

We were invited to a Children’s Gardening Class at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa over the weekend.  Greenleaf’s Costa Mesa location is a marketplace, wine bar, indoor and outdoor dining, and an on-site chef’s vegetable garden.  Mike Saraylian, owner of Newport Beach’s Harvest To Home taught the kids in our group about the benefits of growing and eating organic foods, hot to pot plants and grow your own vegetable garden at home.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

The kids were learning about the vegetable garden and how to take care of one. Mike from Harvest to Home was telling them how the flowers turn into vegetables.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

A tiny green caterpillar was found in the garden, which is not a good thing for gardens. But it was tiny and somewhat cute.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

Angry Kid was picking some vegetables from the garden. He later learned that he did not like cucumbers.  At least he finished eating it, but I almost thought he was going to spit it up on the table.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

Angry Kid planting his vegetable.  He did a great job!

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

The decor on the interior of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop is gorgeous.  I wanted to borrow those barstools and light fixtures in there.  We stayed after the gardening class and ate some lunch.  Angry Kid and I both had eggs and bacon, which was more of a brunch meal. It was delicious!!! I cannot wait to try some of their delicious salads also!

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa will be hosting one hour Children’s Gardening Classes in conjunction with Harvest To Home on Saturdays throughout the summer at 10:00am.  Participants aged 7-13 may pay their fee of $20 in cash or check at the time of the class, or they (a parent) can call ahead at (949) 873-5400 to pay with their credit card.  Parents are welcome to join in on the tour for free.  If they (parents) wish to take home a plant, there will be an additional charge.

The classes are suitable for Girl Scout and Cub Scout Badge work as well as for families who wish to learn together.  If you have a larger group, please contact Harvest to Home at (949) 873-5400, so that they can make accomodations.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop is located at 234 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa, CA.  Harvest to Home Garden Delivery Service is a Newport-Beach based business that installs custom organic garden boxes and raised bed gardens.

Disclosure: Angry Kid and I were invited to a Children’s Gardening Class at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop put on by Harvest to Home. Angry Kid got a tour of Greenleaf’s own chefs garden.  He was also educated about organic raised bed gardening.  He potted his own plant while we were there.  All opinions and photographs are mine.

2 comments
brenda
brenda

i just have to commend you for all the interesting experiences you research and make available for your son. and you also participate with him when possible. Oh for some more parents like you. Hope for the future

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Aww thanks!! I try to get him out and about to experience new things.