Davistown Community Garden
Last year, Walker School started a relationship with FoodCorps, which is in its second year. Our work last year focused on connecting an existing greenhouse to our school curriculum and ensuring that ALL students had opportunities to work in the greenhouse, and that those experiences were connected to our academic standards. This work was successful, with students ranging from our pre-K program to the fifth grade learning science through hands-on horticulture lessons, tying their writing to their work in the greenhouse, and applying their math skills in the planning of an outside garden to give a few examples. Our FoodCorps service member left behind extensive curriculum that she had written to match our schools specific learning standards so that teachers would have a resource for future work. Furthermore, we doubled our growing space last year through the creation of eight 4'x6' raised beds, whose design was the focal point for a grade 4/5 math project and which was the anchor for a summer garden project at our school, a first for our school.
This year we have a new FoodCorps service member, Christine Gall, who is equally adept at connecting deep learning with gardening and nutrition. Christine has extended the work done last year and has begun working with a group of community volunteers in the planning of extending our gardens further and opening them to the greater communities of Liberty and Montville, the two towns that the school serves, with hopes that the community will benefit from the work the school is doing, and that the school will benefit through the community involvement. Our goal is to double our outside growing space.
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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