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Fuji Farm

Sarah Cary,   Hackett El
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Fuji Farm
Hackett Elementary is a school located in the city of Beloit. The students have no grass to play. Thanks to the support of Fuel Up to Play 60, we have been able to install a garden within our playground for students and families to enjoy! We have dedicated our garden to a hardworking retired couple (Eddie and Joyce). This project has been a positive ray of sunshine for our students, staff and families.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Once the idea was in my head (thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60), I ran with it. I partnered with the Farm to School program and we started weekly garden meetings with our Garden Club that was created. Students designed what they wanted "their garden" to look like. We then asked for parent support and had monthly parent/staff meetings. I also received a donation of 3 raised garden beds from Cornerstone of Hope and a supplemental grant from ECOLAB to purchase a gate, fence and sign.

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

Since our district is quite large, I didn't realize that I had to get approval and quotes from district administration so it was more time consuming than I originally thought. I also had to make a plan for the summer months when initially I thought the summer school classes would take part in it. Summer school changed locations so I've now created an "adoption calendar" and families/staff have signed up to adopt the calendar throughout the summer.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

They have teamed up all along the way. Both helped install the garden. Both helped with the garden dedication ceremony. Both helped create garden stones to decorate the garden. Both have signed up to adopt the garden over the summer.