Maple school garden
Maple Elementary is a Title I school with 63% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. Our school has a lovely little garden on campus with huge amounts of potential. We already have many assets, including a small greenhouse, rain barrels, a worm compost bin and raised beds. With a bit of planning, funding and a lot of sweat we can turn this garden into an educational tool that will benefit our entire community. We want to improve and expand this garden into a dynamic teaching area for our nearly 500 school-year students, our 30 year-round pre-K students and our 40 summer camp students.For over 6 years, teachers have been using our garden to teach their students about life and environmental science, weather, math and social studies. Last year 7 classes of about 175 students utilized the garden to grow vegetables and cook them in their classrooms. Additionally, over 40 family members showed up for a community work day that helped prepare the garden for the growing season.
Over the years, however, many of the garden’s resources have deteriorated, making it harder for classrooms to utilize. We would like to improve the garden by laying down wood chips, improving the raised beds and replacing damaged tools. There is a lot of potential for more efficient water collection with a little attention to the rain barrels already on the property and the installation of a gutter system. The addition of a few large worm compost bins will extend the composting education already happening. A rain gauge, a few bird feeders, and some plants for attracting beneficial insects will bring this garden ecosystem to life. Making the garden more practical for teachers and more exciting to students is our goal.
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