Green Park Elementary School Garden
The Green Park Elementary School Garden is an outdoor classroom for more than 460 children who visit the garden every spring and fall. All children participate in seasonal garden lessons tied to core science standards that bring locally grown foods into the school cafeteria, and teach students to plant, nurture, harvest, and cook their own food. In fall 2013, every class visited the garden with a garden coordinator and parent volunteers.
Green Park garden was originally started in 2009 by parent volunteers. The garden has grown tremendously in the last few years under a new (2012) Farm to School program coordinated at the district level. The small garden plot has grown into a fully fenced garden with sheet-mulched beds and paths covered in wood chips. This year, the garden acquired a new fence, a new irrigation system, and a small set of tools for kids to use. We are grateful for all the community support for our garden: during 2013, 165 hours of volunteer time and $635 in materials were donated to our program.
We are seeking support from the Sow it Forward grant to provide the tools to build on this work in 2014. In addition to offering a full eleven-week schedule of spring garden lessons to K-5 classrooms in 2014, Green Park garden will provide a 9-week spring garden club, and (for the first time) offer a 7-week winter garden club in January 2014 in collaboration with the afterschool CampFire program. This will also be the first winter for “Farm-to-Classroom,” featuring farmer visits and an interactive blogging connection between Green Park second-graders and Welcome Table Farm.
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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