Boyne City Middle School Garden
The Boyne City Middle School garden became a reality last spring. Through a generous private donation, support from our own school Booster's Club and materials and sweat equity from our local Home Depot and the city of Boyne City, we were able to put in eight four foot by eight foot beds, complete with low tunnels to use as season extenders. The timing of garden season has always been the biggest barrier to the success of a school garden; the use of row covers and greenhouse film allows us to produce vegetables into the late fall and early winter, as well as get a jump on the growing season in the spring. This is particularly important in northern Michigan, the location of our school garden.
Last year, only our 8th grade students were involved in the project, several volunteering their time over the summer months to water, weed and pick the produce. This year, our goal is to expand the project to include the other students at the middle school and potentially students from our elementary school next door. This fall, we were able to serve the whole middle school our roasted purple Peruvian potatoes. We hope to be able to expand our food choices in the middle school cafeteria, Additionally, we are planning to give extra produce to the local senior center. Our students visit there once a month and next falll they will be taking part of our harvest there to share with the residents.
Another goal this year is to make the garden more of a learning environment. We have purchased some signs detailing some of the science of composting and gardening. This spring we are incorporating a garden loom, which will allow students artistic expression through the garden.
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