The year round Kids Learning After School Program works with the garden. Going forward, school day classroom teachers plan to get involved with the garden as well. Over the first year of usage, seeds and plants ranging from strawberries, herbs, root crops, summer squash and cucumbers, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes, cabbage, parsley, cauliflower, zucchini, radishes, beans and carrots, and marigolds were grown. The vegetable plants were donated by local Master Gardener starts, excess trial garden starts and historic gardening efforts at the Renfrew Institute’s Four Square Garden Project. Master Gardeners were on hand to help plant and give gardening tips along the way each week. A fence had to be erected to fight off the nibbling groundhogs! The students had harvest days and taste- tested the crops that they collected.
Teachers plan to go outside to hold environmental science classes or reading/writing sessions near the garden in the outdoor pavilion we plan to construct. We have obtained estimates and are holding onto the money awarded for Steven’s State Green Ribbon School Award to put towards the outdoor classroom area.
CASD Food Service Supervisor would gladly work with the school to implement use of the garden crop for after school snacks or even incorporate the produce in the school menu. Our district follows the ChooseMyPlate.gov healthy eating plan in its cafeterias.