A Great Beginning Starts With One Seed
- Jennifer Anderson, Village Of Barboursville Elementary School
- Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Teamwork
This fall, Village of Barboursville Elementary started a school garden. Each of the 720 students grades PreK-5 planted at least one seed. The Ambassadors in fifth grade helped the younger students plant their seeds and will be watering the plants weekly. They will also be testing the soil and doing science and math lessons in the garden. This is only the beginning. Students are getting ready to construct wind and frost tunnels and a hydration station with rain barrels. They began by surveying all of the teachers to see if there would be interest in including the garden as a tool for their classroom curriculum. We had a wonderful response. We will be expanding in the spring and starting a school garden committee that will include volunteers to help maintain the garden throughout the summer when school is not in session. It takes a Village...we started with the permission of our principal, the teachers, and got some support from Marshall University Nutrition department, who is currently doing a 7-week food program with K-2nd grade students. We also received help from our local school board. This is phase one. We will be applying for Fuel Up to Play 60/Dairy Council Funds to help us with the spring garden plans, including purchasing supplies to build a greenhouse.