John Muir School Community Learning Garden
We have ten 4'X8'X1.5' raised beds, so that each of our elementary classes has one to use as its growing laboratory, and three wine half barrels for fruit (banana tree and blackberries). We also have a 12'X8' storage shed for all of our tools, garden teaching supplies, and materials for any projects. Right now, we have 1-2 volunteers in each classroom that lead the students in weekly lessons out in our Learning Garden. To encourage non-gardening parents to volunteer, a series of lessons for the fall were written for everyone to follow. New volunteers are encouraged to watch experienced volunteers working with their classes. This has been successful as we have increased classroom participation from 4 classes last year to 9 classes this year.
Our goals are to involve all the students at our K-12 school in garden learning activities so that they might learn to make good choices for their health and for the health of the world around them. We look forward to enhancing all aspects of our students' curriculum from reading & writing to math, history, and health & nutrition. We also look forward to creating a closed loop system where we supply the cafeteria with fresh fruits and vegetables, then use cafeteria leftovers in our compost and worm bins to generate healthy soil.
I am very excited to say that all 9 of our elementary classes have either been or will be (as soon as the break is over), working in the garden on planting their cool season crops. We are a K-12 full magnet public school with 53% of our students on the FRL program. For many of these children, this may be the only place to learn how and where healthy food comes from- and that it can be delicious, too!.
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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