Sidney Elementary Growers Garden
The Green Thumb Growers Guild began at Sidney Elementary School in Fall 2013 to provide students with an exposure to plants, horticultural activities, and as a way for children to be and learn outdoors. We have 15 members, ranging in grades from 3rd through 10th. Although we are surrounded by trees and agricultural land, many of our students do not have any experience with gardens, knowledge of where real food comes from, or understanding of how plants grow. We are planning experiences to link our students' knowledge of food with actually growing it. We don't teach. We do things together, and learn together. So far, we have saved seeds, taken walks, applied alpaca manure to planting beds for Spring, made wreaths from wild grape vines, dyed t-shirts with onion skins, drawn pictures of growing things, among other activities. This winter, we will plant garlic in December, transplant some houseplants for student to take home and take care of, save more seeds (from squash, pumpkin, and dried herbs and flowers), sow seeds in the high school greenhouse for a Spring plant sale, design our gardens for Spring, and make some evergreen holiday decorations. As Spring comes, we will be outside, cleaning up our raised beds, and planting and caring for our plants.
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