Pathfinder Garden Classroom
Pathfinder K-8 school is an alternative public school with a dedicated and vibrant community. Three years ago, this community formed the Earth Project (EP) in partnership with local nonprofit, Nature Consortium. The EP is a team of school staff, students, parents, and Nature Consortium employees who are dedicated to enhancing environmental education in the school. The Garden Classroom began in 2010 as the cornerstone of the Earth Project.
The Garden Classroom strives to bring curriculum to life through garden-based learning, to promote healthy eating and lifestyles, to encourage ecological understanding, and to enrich the school and surrounding community. Currently, about 150 students per week come to the garden for an hour long class. Classes participate in the garden by planting seeds, digging new beds, creating garden art, tasting fresh food, and more. There are 17 organic fruit and vegetable beds including a first grade pumpkin patch, an edible flower bed, and an herb bed.
The Garden Classroom benefits the school community, and increasingly, the wider community of West Seattle. All of the 482 students are involved in the garden. Also, many of their parents volunteer at work parties. These work parties are popular, positive events where the community can engage in teamwork and relationship building around a common goal. Also, our garden is visited often by local neighbors because it sits right at the entrance to neighborhood walking trails. Signage in the garden invites the community to tour the garden and enjoy a taste of garden food, and many neighbors walking by have expressed their appreciation for the garden. Lastly, our produce is shared widely through our large annual neighborhood Harvest Potluck event, and through our donations to the local food bank.
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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