WUHSMS Local Food Greenhouse
The WUHSMS Local Food Project seeks to expand its summer gardening successes into the school year through completion of a greenhouse and permaculture landscape on campus that will be used to grow vegetables year-round. Our goals are: to increase local food options being served in the cafeteria; to continue to facilitate a working school garden; to build relationships between the school and the greater community; to integrate food education through the disciplines while meeting rigorous academic standards; to provide quality hands-on education about plants to all students.
Cultivation of produce year-round will allow for expansion of local, healthy food options in our school cafeteria, which is available to 600 students and 90 staff members. Students who receive free or reduced lunch will have daily access to healthy, fresh whole foods. It will also serve as an opportunity for students to develop and implement a sustainable business model in partnership with the cafeteria. The greenhouse designs will allow for student education in passive solar design and use. A greenhouse devoted to growing produce will allow for community integration through career exploration and student mentoring by experts in the field, including local farmers. We will also be able to devote more of our garden space to growing storage vegetables such as carrots and potatoes, some of which can be stored in our local Change the World Kids Food Justice Root Cellar for winter distribution to the Woodstock Area Food Shelf.
Teachers who use the garden and greenhouse as a teaching tool become inspired to meet rigorous academic standards through project-based learning and student engagement increases. This benefits everyone!
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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