Greendale School Garden
Greendale School District’s School Garden is a collaboration bringing our community together. Last season, our half-acres produced 769 pounds of produce under the tender care of students, staff, master gardeners and volunteers from the area. Students from all of our schools contribute to its success -- planting and tending the garden; teachers utilize the outdoor classroom for science instruction at all levels.
Our youngest learners in 4K planted pumpkins and were invited with their parents to harvest the vegetables. Elementary and middle school students planted seeds in classrooms and then walked with their seedlings to the garden, located at the high school, to plant them. Other students are raising worms to help nourish the soil and create compost. The outdoor classroom offers a practical location for high school science experiments and instruction. GHS Science Essentials students work with elementary students in the garden. Our high school special ed/job training students are involved in planning, planting, and harvesting produce as well as preparing a variety of foods with it for Free Sample Fridays at the high school. This introduces students and staff to new, healthy foods as well! The Garden Club, which includes 18 core members, works in planning, planting, growing, harvesting, and general education regarding the garden. The group raised money for supplies this fall with a mum and kale sale. Last summer, the community participated in the Greendale Garden Challenge with teams working to win the “Greendale Golden Gourd” trophy. Teams were given the same-sized garden plot to tend and their produce was weighed and counted to determine the winners.
Our village, known as the Garden Community, takes pride in its beautiful gardens and green spaces, and the establishment of the school garden for outdoor education and community recreation was a natural step to celebrate this culture.
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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