Willowcreek School Garden
The goal of the Willowcreek School Garden Project is to educate children about the sources of their food and to provide our school lunch menu with some healthy, fresh, locally grown food sources; while also educating students about the life cycles of various food plants, and the nutrient cycle common in all ecosystems through an active composting program. We measure the success of this program by our ability to accomplish two main objectives. First, we intend to get kids out of their traditional classroom seats and actively involved with nature in the garden. Secondly, we want to provide food for all the students in our school to eat, as part of a healthy lunch program loaded with ample supplies of fresh fruits and veggies.
In the first year, we raised short season crops such as lettuce, spinach and radishes. Last year we added tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins and squash. The excess will be donated to needy families and we will be exploring the option of using the local farmer’s market as an outlet for excess produce and an income source for future garden needs. Additionally, our local CSO has agreed to help support our garden in future years.
Willowcreek Elementary has a fair share of poverty related issues and all the limitations of being in a small, remote rural community. So it seems imperative that our students learn not only the nutritive benefit of having our school garden, but also the global economics lesson to be learned when we waste money and fossil fuels trucking in food from across the country, when we are perfectly capable of growing it here ourselves. We want our students and the community to understand how simple and economic it can be to grow their own food and make good use of their natural resources.
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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