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A Great Beginning Starts With One Seed

By
Jennifer Anderson,   Village Of Barboursville Elementary School
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
A Great Beginning Starts With One Seed

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.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students handed out a garden interest survey and got teachers on board. The teachers came together to take turns with the garden.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We plan on starting a garden committee that will include parents, teachers and school staff, and students to maintain and organize harvesting.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The challenge is always finding money and volunteers, but we presented the garden well and laid out the goals of what we wanted to accomplish. Making the garden part of the entire school's classroom for various subjects was what sold it to everyone.