Paul C. Bunn Children's Garden
We have an ever expanding children's gardening program at our school, that has been in existence for about 8 years. Over the years we have developed four ongoing goals for our program. The first goal addresses accessibility for all of our 350 students and staff by creating an inviting barrier-free garden for every student and adult, including our large special needs population. Our second goal promotes a hands-on, multi-sensory learning space that uses theme-based gardens (e.g. Three Sisters, Ohio Natives,Vegetable, Salsa, Pizza etc.) and activities that support our academic standards in literacy, math, science, social studies, and creative arts. Our third goal uses the school garden to encourage stewardship of the environment, and service to our school. Our students are learning about important life-long practices like composting, and recycling. Students who also participate in the Garden Clubs are learning about responsibility, leadership, and service through a year-long commitment to do volunteer work in the garden. Our fourth goal uses instruction in gardening basics, and garden to table programming to facilitate a focus on good nutrition. As the children experiment with growing, preparing and eating different foods, their demand for and access to fruits and vegetables has increased.
The weather in Northeast Ohio is an ongoing challenge and we are always trying new ways to extend our season. Our classes do most of their planting in the spring. Then in September and October, when students return to school, the children use their bountiful harvest of tomatoes, peppers, herbs and other vegetables to make nutritious snacks, salads etc. for our “Taste of the Garden” programs, our school’s open house, and other family events. In the future we'd like to add more garden beds and include cold frames and other tools to extend our growing season and time in the garden.
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