Windsor School Garden
The Windsor School Garden began four years ago by a couple of parent volunteers. The school principal, at the time, agreed to commit an unused wood chipped covered area to be used as a school garden. After about 9 months of planning, the garden was built with the assistance of donations and volunteers. The original intention of the school garden was to educate students about their food as well as to provide outdoor activities for students. Since its inception, the original concept and the garden itself have grown. We have also added another garden that is now a certified Monarch Waystation (butterfly garden).
The Windsor School Garden is open to all students grades K – 5th, ages 5 yrs. - 11 yrs. School garden activities are scheduled during lunch recess. All garden activities are supported by school staff and coordinated by parent volunteers. Students plant seeds, care for plants, and harvest crops. During the summer months, parent volunteers and their children take turns caring for the garden (we had 38 different families assist last summer).
Since the garden's inception, we have partnered with a local chef, Tom Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet, to create a garden tasting for Windsor students. This past fall, Chef Tom made enough butternut squash soup using only produce from the Windsor Garden for all 458 students and school staff. Students and staff look forward to this event every year. Even with the school garden tasting, students donate the majority of the produce to a local food pantry throughout the growing season (we donated over 100 lbs. of food last summer). Our intended outcome is to not only have students understand where their food comes from and encourage healthy eating but to connect them to the larger community by providing this positive alternative recess activity.
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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