Panther Pride Rainbow Garden
North Elementary School has been involved in garden based learning for the past 4 years. To date, we have built and maintained 17 raised beds in our Panther Pride Garden, named for our school mascot. Our students in grades kindergarten - 5th grade have grown pumpkins, squash, kale, radishes, strawberries, tomatoes and zucchini, to name a few. The Rainbow Garden will be created by a 3rd grade class and will bring together art, science and math in integrated garden based learning units. It will consist of vegetables and flowers from each color of the spectrum - red, orange yellow green, blue and purple. The project was initially started on a small scale in earth boxes in spring, 2013. Our goal is to build permanent beds, expanding the garden to provide food for use in our school cafeteria. Foods harvested in the summer months will be sold at our local farmer's market and proceeds will go back into the garden. This will be our second summer at the Morgantown Farmer's Market and we currently sell produce at the winter market. With adult supervision, our students will harvest and sell the produce and share their personal experiences about gardening with communities members and other schools in our area. Having already established our committment to our school gardens, our school is a model for other area schools. Because of our success and committment to our gardens, our 2 principals and a group of 5th grade students from North were recently invited to the White House to harvest produce and share a meal with Michelle Obama! As we move forward, we plan to expand our garden to meet the needs of a large school and to continue to "sow it forward" by sharing our love of gardening!
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