Garden at the Milton L. Olive Middle School
The middle school in our community has never had a food producing garden. We are a small suburban community but there is a lot of food insecurity here--76% of the students qualify for free or reduced fee lunches. Having a garden will add fresh produce to the cafeteria menu and enable students to learn not only how to grow food themselves, but how to appreciate, prepare, cook and eat healthy fresh foods. Our plan is to focus not just on having the garden, but also on how we can use the garden and its produce as a focal point for nutrition education at the middle school and for the community. Produce from the garden will also be used in the Family and Consumer Science nutrition unit. The teacher will introduce sustainable farming and recuit students to help with the actual growing. The Girl Scout troop based at the middle school, the PALL club (Progressively Adjusting to Living as Leaders), Life Skills classes, as well as other students, teachers, and family members will help create and maintain the garden. The technology teacher says he'll build anything we need. We envision our garden to have raised beds and be surrounded by a fence. We will need tools and a tool shed and would eventually like to add some benches. We hope this garden can nourish not only bodies and minds, but help to grow positive change in our community.
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