Bertram Elementary School Garden
Bertram Elementary is a public school in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, located in Burnet County, Texas. The school plans to promote gardening as a learning experience that will positively impact students, families, and the community. School personnel, volunteers, ACE after-school staff, the Bertram Elementary PTO, area master gardeners, and community partners have joined to create a plan for implementation over the next one to three years. Due to the drought conditions and hot climate in Texas, the school desires to build several keyhole gardens to create a large gardening area. Through these keyhole gardens, students can learn about natural gardening, natural pest control, soil conservation, water conservation, recycling and repurposing of materials, reducing waste, and composting while applying knowledge from academic subjects. Students will learn the purpose for having gardens, the needs of plants, the role of insects, and many other topics through hands-on classroom activities and guest speakers. Students will propagate plants in several ways as they raise seedlings and trade plants with area gardeners. They will have a plant sale (with inexpensive prices) as a fundraiser and will create garden art to beautify the campus. The ACE Gardening Classes will take the lead in creating and maintaining the school garden throughout the school year and for six weeks of summer break. However, all students will benefit from it. Teachers will utilize the garden across the curriculum and students will get hands-on experience that is fun and rewarding. Students will be able to taste fruits and vegetables and learn about preparation and storage of fresh produce. They will be able to share produce and seeds with their families and spread knowledge of gardening techniques so they can help provide food for themselves and their neighbors, both now and in the future.
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