Kyrene Traditional Academy S.L.U.G. (Students Learning Urban Gardening) Club
Kyrene Tradadtional Academy – Sureño Campus is initiating a school-community gardening project with the mission of inspiring students to take personal responsibility for their nutrition and the environment by growing, harvesting, and preparing organic vegetables and nurturing desert plants. Students will build connections with the natural environment and sustainable gardening practices as they participate in planting and maintaining our garden. These opportunities will be available to all 430 students through lessons with their classroom teachers and involvement in the after school enrichment class S.L.U.G. Garden club. Key principles of our project include:
*Healthier lifestyles for students and their families through education and experience.
*Organic practices that support a sustainable environment.
*Utilizing natural resources, soil, water, and power, in a responsible and respectful way.
*Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – ecological awareness and practices.
*Understanding and embracing our native Sonoran Desert and xeriscape as landscape design.
The purpose of this request is to acquire funding for Phase 1 of our community garden. The potential impact on student learning is multi-faceted. Research and inquiry based learning will focus on biology and agriculture in action. Health practices and nutrition education will be enhanced. Research by Blair (2009) reviewed dozens of scientific articles which proved that assessment scores in science improved significantly when children either participated in gardening or had access to a garden. We will increase student understanding and appreciation of gardening and food choices to encourage both healthy lifestyles and home/community gardening.
The overall project will take place over a 2-year period. Phase 1, the vegetable garden, began in November 2013 with installation of the irrigation system. Currently, we are laying 45 tons of gravel, compacting areas as needed for hardscape features and building the raised beds from garden wall block. We hope to be ready for planting by late January 2014.
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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