New raised beds generate excitement!
On the right of this picture stands Kaitlyn, a 5th grader at George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish, ME. On this day, she designed and painted a sign for the new raised beds in her school garden. The beds were built by the shop students at the high school, and installed by the very 4th and 5th graders who will care for them, plant seeds, and glory in the harvest. By involving students like Kaitlyn in every step of the process, they are empowered to repeat the process at home, and are confident enough in their gardening knowledge to share it with family and friends. I saw that confidence in the faces of my students when they proudly held up their signs for a picture, and explained their design choices and color scheme. These kids will grow up thinking gardening is COOL. They will grow up knowing what a real tomato tastes like. They might even grow up knowing how to turn that tomato into sauce, to teach their own kids some day. This is why school gardens are important. This is how they sow it forward.
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