The Blue Devil Garden
Sponsored by the Blue Devil Health Center (named after the school's mascot), The Blue Devil Garden has been a project of the BDHC’s student advisory board since 2009. It began as a worm farm to recycle school food and paper waste, evolved into a hydroponic berry farm to utilize the worm castings and provide healthy snacks for the students, and became in 2012, a more traditional, less energy-intensive, school garden producing vegetables for the school’s food service and culinary arts programs.
The garden has provided services to the school, such as recycling paper or providing food, while earning income for “The TAG Team (Teen Advocacy Group),” the Blue Devil Health Center’s after-school program. The TAG Team presents peer health education programs on a wide variety of topics to students K-12, promotes the school’s student wellness program (WOW—Working on Wellness), and advocates for student health issues in the state legislature.
Every student in the middle/high school, approximately 250 kids, enjoys the fruit of the Blue Devil Garden. Many enjoy the healthy snacks purchased with garden proceeds and provided free to the students weekly during the morning break. Others enjoy the garden’s contributions to the lunch-time salad bar. Over 50% of the student body qualifies for the free and reduced lunch program and has access to the school lunches which uses produce from the garden. Students and teachers in the middle school science classes have also used the school garden as a learning lab, while culinary arts students in the vocational high school have also enjoyed practicing their cooking skills with Blue Devil produce.
Support from KGI’s “Sow It Forward” grant will enable the students to expand and improve the garden by increasing the number of raised beds and installing a watering system to use when school is not in session.
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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