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Students Step Up and Take Over Garden

Nichole Villarreal,   Montclair Elementary School
Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Students Step Up and Take Over Garden

When one of our team members saw that the garden needed some TLC, he talked to his team and they decided that they were going to make the gardens their main Play this year. The team set up a schedule and rotation of things to do with the garden, such as planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. They then took it one step further and decided to become a 4-H Spin Club. Now they are learning and teaching younger students about farming and gardening.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The Student team worked with their Program Advisor to get the 4-H Spin Club approved. They worked with Master Gardeners with planting and learning how and when to harvest. They talked to the coaches about teaching not just their small group but all the students in PE. They later decided to go one step further and add dairy into the mix. They use the Dairy Amazing Curriculum to teach students how milk goes from farm to table.

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

The students have made this Play last all year. In the fall the students planted peppers, carrots, tomatoes, and broccoli. In the spring time they plan to add zucchini and squash. Thanks to the students that live near the school come and take care of the garden through holiday breaks from school.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I've seen huge improvement in the school. Students are proud to be eating healthier. They now know the hard work that goes into providing healthy food. They have been trying new foods and liking them. The student team has highlighted the importance of being healthy. They have shown great leadership by helping the younger students and teaching them about gardening and healthy foods.