Siler City Elementary School Garden
Our previous school garden was popular with our students and their parents. We secured community volunteers, free compost and top soil and received grant funding for our tools, seeds and raised beds. We were able to obtain untreated railroad ties at cost from a local sawmill to form our beds and carefully arranged them in such a way that children could reach across them and students who use wheelchairs would be able to have easy access.
A mobile classroom was placed on our existing site and we were forced to relocate the garden. Unfortunately, the railroad ties have decomposed to such a degree that we no can longer make raised beds from them. We would like to rebuild our school garden on another part of the campus. We already have ample tools, volunteer labor, lesson plans and a relationship with our local food pantry so that we can donate excess produce. We also have enthusiastic children and teachers who are willing to take advantage of the new space.
Our existing garden program provides each grade level with a specific focus. The kindergarten plants early spring crops that Mr. MacGregor would have planted and they read The Tale of Peter Rabbit in the garden setting. Other grade levels raise pizza herbs, native North Carolina crops, and a "lettuce bowl" from which we've served greens in the school cafeteria. Since we are a dual language (English/Spanish) school, we dedicate a bed to Latin America with loofah sponges being the most popular crop.
We have an existing garden program but still no actual garden on our selected site. On the sunny side, we can see that starting over with the garden infrastructure will give another group of students and their parents the satisfaction of having been involved in the creation of a garden.
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