Language Academy School Garden
The Language Academy is a Spanish and French Language Immersion school. It is also a Title One school with more than 1,000 students from K-8. Half of the student body receives free/reduced lunch. Some of our students suffer from diabetes, chronic illnesses and unhealthy eating habits. As parents observed students at snack time or lunch, we noticed more bright pink stained fingers from "Flamin' Hot Cheetos" and very little fruits or veggies in their hands. In 2012, a group of parents, with the support of teachers, decided to start a school garden program that would offers hands-on, inquiry-based lessons in organic planting, nutrition, water conservation, recycling and composting. Our edible garden started with 10 beds, two compost bins and a succulent garden. More than 650 students visited the garden multiple times last year. This year, we aim to host more than 675 students (making up more than 25 classes) all of whom will visit at least three times. Classes spend an hour, rotating through activities tied to organic gardening, loose parts nature play, and nutrition ecology. For many students, it has been their first time in seeing how food is grown, the first time sampling carrot juice, fresh salsa or salad. As students learn to care for the garden and grow food, our goal is to be able to produce enough greens to serve during our school lunches. Our ultimate goal is to be able to teach kids how to care for our earth as they grow foods that they will enjoy eating for a lifetime of health.
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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