Prism Education Center Willow Heights School Garden
Our Garden project will begin during this spring 2014 semester and will become a long-term project that our students will participate in. The Prism Willow Heights campus will be the location of the garden. Students, teachers, and families enrolled in this school will be the beneficiaries of this garden. The Willow Heights campus houses approximately 50 students who range from 2 months to 5 years. It will serve the students and teachers that spend their days at Prism, both in opportunities to be a part of this project and the products of the garden. It will primarily be cultivated by the students at Willow Heights however due to the proximity and benefits of including the older students of the Prism North campus, that houses 23 students from 3rd to 8th grade they will be involved as well-likely only in the summer and after school program.
The primary goal for our garden is to provide our students with the opportunity to learn to build, plant, and steward a garden. Their roles in every part of the process will provide them with long-term life skills in gardening, working together, and reaping the benefits that their work will produce in the plants that they will enjoy with each harvest. The products grown, the knowledge gained from students continued participation that will be seen with each season of planting, as well as the ownership the children take of the garden as a group, will measure the success of the garden, as will the increased appreciation for healthy food. This garden will be our first practical step toward building a partially self-sustaining food program at our preschools and schools. Our initial goal is that 10% of our food program will be sustained through produce grown at our school during peak growing seasons by 2015.
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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