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Elyria Community School Garden

It may be cold outside our school right now, but our students are "on fire for learning" inside, as you can see from our picture of one of our third grade classes! Our school is a high-poverty charter school in the heart of Elyria, Ohio. Our parents, teachers, and staff are constantly seeking new ways to improve our school and our student's futures. A school garden would give our students, from Kindergarten to Third Grade, a chance to really "dig in" to many areas of our curriculum, including science and art. Being able to take our classes outside to investigate the leaves of a real plant, rather than looking at a picture on the board, would help students learn more and increase their motivation. Giving our students the chance to draw real plants for art class, plants they have grown themselves, is a lot better than drawing some sprigs of weeds they saw on the playground  or using someone else's plants they saw on the computer.  We plan to use our future garden to enrich student's lives through learning about nutrition, stewardship of the environment, and plant life. Our garden would also increase our student's sense of responsibility, as each grade or class takes care of it's assigned plot. Furthermore, a school community garden would enhance our school grounds, giving our students a sense of belonging and pride in the midst of an urban environment. This garden could be the first step to a world of positive changes for our school and community.

Where it's at:

300 N Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

Garden size (in square feet):

500

Garden beneficiaries:

children and food insecure people

Number of people reached:

300

What this project needs:

funds
seeds
gardening books
soil
lumber
coldframe

Project leaders:

Jordan Seigler
Tracey Frierson

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606