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Here We Grow at Colonial Hills

By
Terri Pitts,   Colonial Hills Elementary School
Play:
Grow a Pizza Garden
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Here We Grow at Colonial Hills

This past year was the beginning of a great experience for all 753 Colonial Hill students. We started phase II of our school/community garden project. We added plants to the garden beds. Each grade level was given two beds each and they were able to decide what they wanted to plant. Clear plastic cups, seeds and soil were dropped off at each classroom. Every student was able to see their seeds grow into seedlings. Since our garden area was not big enough to house all the seedlings, we let students take them home to encourage their families to start a garden. We also donated some seedlings to a local nursing home. The nursing home has available land and our garden club planted the seedlings and took care of them as a community project. Our garden grew beautifully and all students were able to witness the plant cycle. Our garden was maintained during the summer by a local church and produce was given to needy families.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We are able to give samples to our students from the garden and we have seen an increase of produce consumers.

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

We have a plan of sustainability. PTA and Texas Agri-Life will help us take care of the garden during the school year. We also have a Garden Committee (including members of the community, students, and faculty). During the summer, the garden is maintained by a youth church group. We are also planning on selling our produce, and the money will be put back into the garden funds. Additionally, we want to offer garden classes to the community taught by the students. There will be a small fee.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults worked together in planning and organizing the garden and its care.