The New Vistas School Healthy for Life Program is already in place at our school and we would like for it to “grow” by including a raised bed garden and greenhouse surrounded by six foot, sturdy agricultural fencing to keep out varmints would be necessary for the success of the garden and greenhouse. Ideally, the hard work of the students in their endeavors to grow plants would not be for the benefit of the groundhogs and deer. There will be areas of the classroom that can allow natural animal access so students may learn about indigenous species and how to respect their co-existence.
We could fit in approximately eight raised beds, constructed of wood and materials deemed safe to grow food and properly landscape clothed, graveled, mulched and filled with organic soil. In the raised beds students can grow healthy fruits and vegetables for their own consumption. The faculty of NVS are enthusiastic about teaching students about how to grow healthy foods, how to learn to prepare and enjoy them as part of a healthy lifestyles educational continuum.
The garden, greenhouse and school kitchen would be used to educate children about sustainable agricultural practices with an emphasis on a healthy environment and healthy diet, including nutritional classes, cooking classes, food preparation and preservation in hopes that paradigm shifts in food education and consumption will manifest.
A summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) camp held at NVS has been proposed to encompass not only currently enrolled students, but school aged children from the entire region. Classes could be held outside during camp that will emphasize STEAM projects and learning. This will allow the garden and greenhouse to be maintained and enhanced during the summer. There is also year round staff to assess, water and make minor repairs when needed.
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