We are still looking for volunteers to help in the garden this year. It's a really fun way to get involved and your efforts will have a very visible effect on the school as well as helping the kids to learn about where food comes from. If you'd like to sign up, please contact Aoife O'Dwyerat firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013/2014 was a wonderful year in the garden. Despite the long winter, Garden Day in May was a huge success with every child helping to plant the seedlings which grew into the bumper crop of tomatoes, basil, peppers, beans, eggplants and beets which were enjoyed by so many of you over the summer.
Some special projects that happened last year were the 4th Grade Salad Bed, organized by Ms. Belcher and enjoyed by the entire grade when they got to eat the fruits of their labours in June. The 3rd Grade 'Three Sisters' Project, where we grew from seed beans, squash and corn which were then transplanted outside.
We also made some additions to the Butterfly patch to make a welcoming home for the 2nd Grade Butterflies when they were released.
Finally, the self sustaining garlic bed is entering its 4th year. Last year, our crop produced enough garlic to give every 1st Grader a clove of garlic to take home. We then planted the remainder of the crop with the kindergartners. This year, we think we will have enough to give each 1st Grader an entire bulb and still have enough to plant with our new kindergarten classes.
We welcome any thoughts or suggestions you may have so please get in touch.