CRCS Agriculture Education Program
Agriculture Education is an important part of the curriculum at the Cornville Regional Charter School. The purpose of this program is to teach children about the food system, about Maine’s farming practices, and to provide experiential, hands on, place based learning. As part of the outdoor classroom, CRCS has a 40ft. by 30ft. garden, two raised beds, a chicken coop, compost bin, and a 15 tree apple orchard.
Our gardening season begins in January when Students stat planning for the garden. Students learn how to pick vegetable varieties, order from seed catalogs, and calculate sowing and transplanting dates. Beginning as early as March, students start tomato, pepper, and onion seedlings. Students are responsible for caring for these seedlings until it is warm enough to transplant. In May and June students help prepare the garden for planting. When the ground is ready they transplant seedlings,direct seed crops, and mulch.
In the summer, a weekly garden club is offered free to all CRCS students. The participating students are responsible for tending the garden. These students and their families get to sample and take home the ripe vegetables and begin to preserve some of the food. In the fall all students are involved in harvesting, preserving, and eating the harvest.
We believe that our Agricultural Education program and our school garden enhance our students’ academic performance, increase their physical activity, and help build healthy eating habits. Our program aims to play an important role in increasing nutrition awareness as well as connecting students with nature.
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