Watching Our Garden Grow
- Janice Longino, Amy Parks-heath El
- Community Involvement, Student Leadership, Success with Funds, Teamwork
We are in year two of our school garden. We are still in the learning and growing phases but have come such a long way. This year, we have had the opportunity to work with our community Boy Scout troop and a master gardener name Jim Burt. He has the titles of Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist, Rain Water Harvesting Specialist, and Master Composter. He visited with us after looking over our garden and helped us some amazing improvements. We utilized our Healthy Zone School funds to purchase six rain barrels to help with watering our garden and with conserving water. He is now helping us with preparing our own compost and purchasing a green house. With the green house, we will be able to grow our own seeds and transfer our plants to our garden. WE HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL THIS YEAR!!!! The community involvement has been fun. With the help of a Boy Scout troop, we have expanded our garden, provided gravel walkways, mulched areas, flowers beds, and stools for our students to sit on when studying about the garden. Our garden team is going to paint the spools. It truly looks amazing. Our garden team maintains the garden, plants, and harvests our vegetables when they are ready. Next year, the goal is to have a fall, winter, and spring garden. It has been not only fun for all but such an amazing learning experience.