Sage Garden Project at Ocean Knoll Elementary
The Sage Garden Project is a project of a private foundation which has developed the school garden at Ocean Knoll Elementary into a vibrant growing space that rotates 500 students through lessons every 2 weeks. With a dedicated garden teacher, and science-based, hands-on lessons that coordinate with partner classes in a nutritional science lab, this program is accomplishing what others hope to emulate.
Students rotate through garden and nutritional science and lab sessions for truly hands-on learning. Dovetailing lessons are presented, such as discovering the science behind varying seasonal day-lengths and their ramifications in the garden, planting short-day onions, then moving into the nutritional science lab to taste raw green onions and learning to saute onions to make a soup.
When the onions are ready to be harvested, students will bring them to the nutritional science lab and learn about storing them, carmelizing onions, and finish a dish that incorporates them.
When our garden has abundance, we prepare our harvest for our school food services, who will serve them the following day in the lunch program. On Thursdays, we take inventory for excess produce (or kitchen leftovers) and walk them to the food bank around the corner.
We host summer day camps, gardening, eating, and playing games in the themes of different regions each day. We served over a thousand meals per summer, most of them at no charge, for students on the free and reduced price lunch program who were provided scholarships.
We look forward to many novel ways to use our garden and cooking facility in order to help this program to pay for itself.
Although we have funding through the 2013-2014 school year, the PTA is relying on additional grants to keep this amazing program going.
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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