Southampton Organic School Garden Project
Located between the middle and high schools, the Southampton Organic School Garden Project has become an outdoor laboratory for many students. Specifically the life skills students at each school,members of two garden/environment clubs, 5-7th grade science classes, 8th grade home and career students and 5-8th grade dual language students. Students from our Elementary School have also been involved to get their hands in the dirt and learn about gardening.
Produce from the garden is planted and harvested by the students under the supervision of teachers, volunteers and local farmers and is used in the salad bars of the school lunch program for all schools and the cooking classes in the district .This garden project has the following mission statement and goals and has been a work in progress since April 2010.
To promote the overall health and wellness of students at Southampton Schools through a hands on learning experience and to inspire every student to have an understanding of where food comes from, how it grows, its nutritious value and the importance of connecting to the Earth.
1. Provide a “learning laboratory” in the garden to engage students at all grade levels and abilities to grow healthy organic produce for their school meal program and cooking classrooms.
2. Teach the students the social aspects of gardening, leadership development, decision making, team building and community service.
3. Incorporate lessons across the curriculum in science, mathematics, language arts and the creative arts to foster a broader depth of learning.
4. Seek and obtain grants to support community and staff involvement and commitment.
Here is a link for our District newsletter featuring our school garden project:
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