Lothrop Elementary School Edible Community Track
Our project is a collaboration with the PE Teacher at Lothrop Elementary School. We want to build an edible 1/5 mile walking track that would be accessible during school days to our students and to the community outside of the school day. This is a large project and we are seeking multiple sources of funding. At each of the four corners we will be building gardens on both sides of the track to give direction and create a space for growing edibles and pollinator loving species, such as strawberries, kale, gooseberries, currants, bee balm, lovage, and many more.
Our PE teacher was inspired to make a more permanent track for our students and we were inspired by an edible track in Burlington, Vermont that was a collaboration between the PE teacher and the Garden Coordinator due to lack of space – an edible track! Their students look forward to walking the track and checking to see what is ripe and ready in the gardens. We have some of the same challenges at our school. The track would run the perimeter of our ball field. We want to create a space for our students and community to get healthy exercise and healthy snacks. Our students are studying pollinators and especially, honeybees. After a visit to a local apiary, the students were advised to create nectar farms because there were not enough nectar plants to support our pollinators. Many of our favorite fruit bearing species offer tempting nectar to our honeybees. These garden beds would support a year-long curriculum project on honey, honey bees and pollinators.
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