Every Friday, a large segment of our school population takes home backpacks filled with food. These students depend on this food for weekend meals. My students would like to plant a school garden. This would be used as an outdoor class and the proceeds from the produce would go to our food pantry.
My students are passionate, intelligent, and live in a community were common struggles are accentuated by the reality of poverty.
Many of them take home free meals for the weekend. These usually consist of canned goods. Many of these students only interact with foods that are processed and have no idea how to grow a garden of there own. The goal of this garden is to teach them a practical skill, farming, while continuing to meet a practical need, weekend meals.
My school is high performing. In the past 3 years we have been deemed as such by our state Department of Education and have also been named a Model School.
The students will use the 4 cedar planters and organic herb seeds to begin planting a school garden. The garden will be available for use by all classes, on a schedule basis, for lessons or just as a peaceful place to read. The students will be able to learn patience and persistence as they seek a harvest of food.
This project will teach students a practical skill, farming, while continuing to meet a practical need, weekend meals.
The hope is that students will learn that growing your own food can be relatively cheep in the long run and that they will pass this on to their families.
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