I plan to give the students an active voice and physical role in the project, including the design, implementation, work, and reflection phases. We have already identified two needs: school community (our outdoor environment & education barriers), and community service (providing fruits and vegetables to local homeless shelters).
We plan to integrate all academic disciplines and service with this garden project. Students will participate in meaningful academic lessons to learn about landscape design, nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, measurement in design, planning and organization, the science of plants, local agriculture history, native plants, water conservation, and composting. Students will keep daily garden and service-learning journals which will document their involvement in the learning process.
Our garden will provide a natural habitat for local wildlife, a harvest of fruits and vegetable to donate to feed the homeless, an outdoor classroom and reading reflection area, beautiful flowers, and an area to showcase the students' garden art.