George E. Jack Elementary School Garden
Our school garden was created in 2008 with the help of the school's 4th and 5th graders, who sumbitted designs for the new in-ground garden. The garden was built to provide hands-on, garden-based opportunities to students throughout the day, to supplement the lunch line with fresh, organic produce, and to grow fresh food for the local food pantry. Over 120 students, as well as teachers and families, reap the benefit. Since 2008, classes have grown everything from amaranth to zucchini, and learned about compost, companion planting, ecosystems, plant parts and insects along the way! Funds from the Sow It Forward Grant will allow us to transform our in-ground garden (which is plagued by floods and rampant weediness) into a more accessible raised bed garden. This transformation will provide teachers with the opportunity to "adopt a bed," thereby taking increased ownership over their piece of the garden. We believe this will further our goals for the sustainability of the garden-- that the garden becomes fully enmeshed in the daily routines of the school and a valued part of the learning experience. Our gardening program is established and well supported, but we know that especially with teacher and family turnover, making the garden into raised beds will increase desire to participate, ease of use, and accessibility for all.
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