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Growing for growth

Jane Wright,   Alston Middle School
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
Over the past few years we have introduced many of the students at our school to the growth process of plants in our school garden from seed to the table. The students learn how to plant the seeds or seedlings, how they germinate, harvesting through out the year and preparing the food for the students to taste in the school cafe. Many of the students at our school have never grown anything previous to working in the school garden and never knew what it is like to eat fresh from the garden fruits and vegetables.

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

We plant the school garden during both semesters giving opportunity to a majority of the students in the to participate in the growth and harvesting of the garden. During each harvest the entire school has the opportunity to taste the food at the free tasting tables at no cost to the students. We have tasting tables once a month throughout the school year.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Having a school garden that the students work side by side with the teachers has been useful in many ways. Teamwork between students has grown, an appreciation for where food comes from and how it is brought to the table, and relationships between teachers and students has improved. Students have taken on new responsibilities and ownership for their gardens and the fruit or vegetables they are growing.