ACHS Educational & Community Garden
Description of connections between the garden, classroom and academic standards.
The ACHS Community Garden will have a strong impact on our instructional program. The curriculum for our Biology, Culinary Arts, and Construction Technology classes will be directly improved, and our Environmental/ Gardening Club will be positively impacted as well.
The five planter boxes we have constructed (each one 4’ x 16’) take up about one third of the available space set aside for our garden. Our intention is to continue fund-raising and working with the community and expand the garden to meet community needs, with the possibility of renting out planter boxes to community organizations, or turning over planter boxes to organizations such as the Food Bank to help provide a steady stream of fresh vegetables and fruits for families who use the Food Bank.
Another long-term objective would depend on continued (and increased) state funding for Career Technical Education classes. We would like to offer a program in Agricultural Science if the funding was available; that is the CTE pathway we are most interested in expanding into. It would complement our existing Culinary Arts program and is perfectly appropriate for our region and local economy. We have the classroom space, and now we will have the garden space; what would be required to make this happen is state funding for the teacher and materials.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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