Messalonskee High School Eagle's Garden and Greenhouse Project
The Messalonskee HIgh School Eagle's Garden/Greenhouse Project began in the fall of 2013 with the establishment of a new Student Garden Club. Our students are very motivated to incorporate gardening, composting, irrigation and environmental studies as part of their school curriculum and activities. Our school received support from Maine Ag in the Classroom to begin our project. Our plan is to include 4 schools on the Messalonskee School Campus to participate in our School gardens and future greenhouse. Our project would incorporate a total 1900 students, families, community members and the local food bank.
Many of out students do not have places to grow plants or experience planting a seed in their home environment. Our goal is to educate our students in growing their own healthier foods from seed to table and to promote an organic sustainable garden.
Our Garden Club, Advisers and Health Coordinator will be responsible in establishing our new garden program with support from staff and community members. The Club has begun bake sales to fundraise for the start of our garden/greenhouse program. The Club will be responsible to organize the creation, planning, building and scheuling of our garden project.
Our primary objective for our Project is to cultivate a lifelong love for gardening in our students and families. Subsequent objectives are as follows:
To establish a garden/greenhouse program at Messalonskee High School under the guidance of school staff, nutrition director/dietitian, School Health Coordinator, Master Gardener, local farmers, community volunteers and organizations.
To educate our students on growing practices and techniques that are sustainable.
To educate our students about the history of plant species, anatomy of plants, seed saving, soil pH, water cycle, seasons, composting, and vermiculture
To create a peer mentoring program with multi-aged gardening opportunities that will develop agricultural leadership in our students
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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