Please describe your garden, is it raised beds, in the ground, do you have a greenhouse?
We have planted a greenhouse to start the plants that we want to transfer to the large planter outside on the school grounds.
What vegetables/fruit do you grow in your garden? What do you have a difficult time growing in your school garden?
Because it was late in the year we decided to plant the healing plants in the greenhouse and then try them in the large garden in the spring.
Why did your school decide to add a school garden?
We wanted to have a close look at the healing plants that the aboriginals have been planting for many years.
What classes participate in the garden, what subjects are taught in the garden?
The whole class participates in the planting of the greenhouse and when we plant in the spring all the students will be active participants. The students are studying soils, habitats, diversity of living things, and they will also be graphing and charting the growth of the plants so they can compare greenhouse growing and out door planter growing.
Who manages the garden day to day? Who manages the garden over the Summer break?
The students take turns watering and tending to the plants in the greenhouse. Each week a different set of students is in charge of the plants. Over the summer the school has a group of volunteers that maintain the garden.
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?
Because we are growing healing plants, the students are going to share some of the plants and what they have learned about the plants with other classrooms.
What are your future plans for the school garden?
If we are successful in growing the healing plants we will continue to grow them and eventually share them with the community.
Any words of encouragement/tips for a school starting a school garden?
Perhaps starting in the spring would be a better time to grow, but the students are enjoying watching and caring for the plants in the greenhouse.
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