St. Paul Lutheran School Garden
Our school currently has a garden site that has been abandoned for several years. We have begun reinventing the garden at a new location on the school grounds by moving and reusing materials to construct new beds and paths. Our first planting season for the new site will be spring 2014. The new garden site will consist of a fenced-in area (deer are a problem in the neighborhood!) with multiple vegetable beds, a large trellis, a compost bin, mulched paths, and an outdoor learning and lecture area.
At its new location, the garden will be readily accessible to kids and young adults, from our preschoolers to our middle school students and their families. We want it to be a place where all the students can learn and play in the ways that are unique to their own age group. The garden will incorporate both practical and aesthetic features that will appeal to all ages. The outdoor classroom amid the beds will allow teachers to conduct classes in the garden, integrating the planting and nurturing experience into all areas of the curriculum.
Produce harvested from the garden will be incorporated into the school lunch program. The garden and plants can be used as inspiration for artistic or literature creations, as the starting point for math or geometry projects, or as subjects for any number of scientific explorations. We hope that all who care for this garden - students and families alike - will develop skills to cultivate healthy food that they can eat and share and also grow a love for working with the natural world.
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