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Fueled Up For Pizza

By
Christina Thornton,   Papago School
Play:
Grow a Pizza Garden
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Fueled Up For Pizza
We imagined our existing garden space being used, maintained, and enjoyed directly by our Kindergarten, VE, first though fifth grade students with the help of teachers, parents, and volunteers. Our Generations Garden is providing each grade level mentioned a space to build skills and habits that last a lifetime. This year we wanted to try something different so we decided to create a pizza garden! We marked off parts of our garden bed located in the front of the school so we could designate it for pizza ingredients! We ended up deciding to grow three vegetables and three herbs-oregano, parsley, basil, onions, pepper plants and tomatoes. We also used the remainder ingredients for a salsa and chips party! This project got the students more involved and excited about our new garden program and the importance of healthy eating habits.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students were taught by the teachers in the classroom about the fundamentals of farming-responsibility and teamwork so it made it easy for them to apply it in the garden. They realized that if you don't water the garden, your plants will die. If you don't weed the garden, the weeds will grow and be harder to chop down later. They learned how to be responsible by taking care of something and seeing the consequences when they don't do the work.