Please describe your garden, is it raised beds, in the ground, do you have a greenhouse?
We have developed 3 in the ground tulip gardens on the property that we will be adding pollinator plants to in the spring.
We are also going to be constructing an indoor mindfulness garden in our atrium using the Plants on Walls kits.
What grade levels worked in the garden and did you or another teacher link some of your curriculum outcomes to the garden?
Classes 6C and 7D participated in the all gardens construction.
The outdoor spaces are often used for outdoor journaling, reading, and science.
What vegetables/fruit do you grow in your garden? What do you have a difficult time growing in your school garden?
Why did your school decide to add a school garden?
We wanted to allow the students to have some ownership in beautifying 3 outdoor spaces. We also talked about the importance of pollinators and food sustainability, so will be adding pollinator plant species in the spring that the students have researched.
Who manages the garden day to day? Who manages the garden over the Summer break?
The students take care of the gardens on a day to day basis.
Community members and custodial staff will be tending to the gardens in the summer months.
What do you do with the harvest from your garden? Do you have a harvest celebration? Do you use it in the cafeteria, or culinary classes? Do you donate some of the produce?
Do you have community involvement? Do you have parents and volunteers? Have been able to source other funding to help your garden grow?
This will be set up for the coming spring and break.
What are your future plans for the school garden?
Our future plans are to involve other students and teachers within the school to utilize these indoor and outdoor spaces to supplement their programs. We will offer suggestions (i.e., mindfulness meditation, yoga) activities that can incorporate our indoor wall gardens. We will also have staff to share how they are using the outdoor spaces to connect to programming in their classrooms.
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