New Glarus School District Garden
The New Glarus School District (NGSD) garden was created in Spring 2012 through the diligent work of NGSD staff, master gardeners and volunteers and through grant funds. We began with nine raised garden boxes constructed on New Glarus Elementary School property. The boxes were based on the square foot garden concept created by Mel Bartholomew. Each box contains nine to twelve square feet sections (depending on the size of the box, either 3 feet x 3 feet or 3 feet by 4 feet) allowing for nine to twelve different types of produce to be planted in each box. Elementary students assisted in planting the garden and summer school teachers/students, master gardeners and volunteers assisted with caring for the garden over the summer. Staff and students gained and shared gardening knowledge, learned of an alternative local food source and were exposed to new kinds of produce.
In 2013, we added a lasagna-style garden (consisting of layered materials), an Integrated Pest Management Garden and a tomato garden. We created an outdoor classroom and received an in-kind donation of seeds/plants. We gained three master gardeners and additional parent volunteers. Again elementary students assisted with planting and summer school staff, master gardeners, volunteers and students cared for the garden while learning about it. Students took field trips to enhance their knowledge and incorporated what they learned through planting a cover crop. As an abundance of produce was grown, it was shared with a local food pantry.
In our third year, our goals are to offer opportunities to learn from a garden, to experience a deeper understanding of science and to make connections within our school and the greater community. With this grant we want to extend our growing season to be able to provide more produce to the food pantry.
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