The Patton Project Gardens
The Patton Project was conceived by Family and Consumer Science teachers, Betsy Ballard and Kimberly Hisler, at the start of the 2010-2011 school year and began with acquiring the funds to build 16 raised beds and a greenhouse outside the middle school. We added another 6 raised beds and last spring our pergola opened up and it will serve as an outdoor classroom for use by all. Grapes will be growing, so students can access healthy snacks that are free from pesticides. We recently added two 30-foot high tunnels to give us year round growing capabilities and have added another 2 units, so we now have 3 hydroponic tanks to grow greens over the winter months. Partnering with a local hydroponic gardening store and nearby Longwood Gardens has given us a rich set of resources that have fully supported our efforts. This project is aimed at teaching students how to grow and create healthy meals. Some of our yield is used in the FCS labs with the majority going to the local food bank, so those less fortunate have healthy produce. This winter, we will also be using some of the yield in the school cafeteria lunches. All students are learning the importance of sustainability and how it impacts them now and in the future. This is an integral component to our Sewing the Seeds of Kindness class. Our main goal is to continue growing our program and to inspire others to make a difference in their communities.
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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