Pope John Paul II Helping Hands Garden (Preschool Garden)
The vision of "The Growing Hands Garden" at Pope John Paul II Catholic School is endless as it started with a simple idea/ gift of 5 raised garden beds donated to the school by a family to help the children and faculty understand and appreciate the notion that food does not need to or even have to come from a local grocery store. Food can and should be grown locally in organic and sustainable ways that help rather than hurt the people that are growing and eating it. Organic should not mean or elicit the thought of expensive, it should elicit thoughts of healthy, worthwhile, and earth friendly. This small endeavor to share a love of gardening has truly taken off and grown to include 2 school gardens (one for lower school and one for upper school.) Both using organic practices to maintain and tend the gardens while teaching invalueable lessons to the entire school family resulting in all parties learning about the many benefits of gardening and certainly enjoying the bountiful rewards gardening has to offer. Food coming from local grocery stores is days, weeks, if not months old, contains harmful pesticides/ herbicides, and in most cases travels hundreds of miles. To be able to go out and forage in a garden you care for and cultivate is a life lesson that can foster a love of gardening, the earth, and create an understanding of sustainable practices to foster a desire to naturally care for the earth inclusive of and beyond gardening itself. "The Growing Hands Garden" at Pope John Paul II School was built by growing hands and there is no better way to instill and pass on valuable knowledge than showing, encouraging, and teaching the smallest of hands what they can actually create, accomplish and share.
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