Hollis Elementary School Garden
Our school garden was built in 2010, with the help and support of parents, teachers, administrators, and students. The eight raised beds, compost bin, shed, and rain barrel make up our “outdoor classroom,” providing students with a place to learn with hands, hearts and minds. Classes utilize the garden to grow organic produce, and to bring topics such as plant parts and ecosystems to life. Over 200 students are actively involved in garden activities, as well as ten teachers, the principal, and family and parent volunteers. Summer produce is donated to the local food pantry, which supports our broader community food security and engages students in the act of feeding others. During the school year, produce is given to the cafeteria, to be used as a fresh option on the lunch line.
Funds from the Sow It Forward grant will be used to support our programming by expanding to a new arena—cooking! We have done some cooking and eating outside in the garden, but want to expand our abilities with the help of a kitchen cart that can travel to any classroom. The kitchen cart will allow teachers to utilize fresh garden produce to teach their students about healthy eating and how to cook and prepare fresh food. Our students already LOVE fresh veggies straight from the garden, imagine what they can do in the kitchen! After trying a piece of "superman spinach," one student told me conspiratorily, "This is sooo good, I'm gonna sneak back in here at night and get some more of this!" Help us give him the opportunity to make and try spinach pesto.
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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