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Hall Fletcher Elementary Garden Science Program

Hall Fletcher Elementary (HFE) is a Science, Math and Technology Magnet School in the heart of West Asheville, NC. The HFE Garden Science Program was designed to give our unique student population access to understanding gardening and healthy cooking as life skills in a comprehensive, sustainable fashion. Subsequently, our HFE Garden Science classes promote environmental stewardship, cooking skills, nutrition and experiential learning of the NC Standard Course of Study Curriculum through an interactive and inquiry based learning style.

Moreover, due to the fact that our student population is of a lower-income status, and 66% of our students are on the free or reduced lunch program, their food lifestyle and knowledge is often limited to food deserts. We believe exposure to nutritious habits is crucial for the future well-being and overall health of our students. Currently, our students receive once class per month of instructional time in the garden. Our goal is to increase their outdoor experiential learning time to one class per week for our 2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th grades. This change to our program structure would allow for students to engage in at least 20 garden classes for each quarter, as opposed to the present amount of only 4 classes per quarter. We believe more exposure to gardening as a life skill, alongside the improved hands-on learning experiences connected to the Common Core Standards, will allow for both higher scores on standardized tests and could foster a deep passion for environmental stewardship and nutrition. Through longitudinal garden science experiments, cooking demonstrations, service learning projects and the cultivating of early fall and spring crops on a weekly basis, we trust that our students will develop improved critical thinking skills and carry the knowledge of gardening with them throughout their lives. 

Where it's at:

60 Ridgelawn Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

at-risk youth and children

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What this project needs:

expert technical assistance
outdoor oven

Project leaders:

Rachel Lubitz
Sherrie Mahowald

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