A few weeks ago Dennis Barneby the Organizer of Kelly Green Project told me he had asked for the Green City Teachers program to use Kelly as their training laboratory this year. I was thrilled.
On June 25 and 26 the PHS Green City Teacher program came to the JB Kelly school for two days of information, hands on projects and sharing stories and information about gardens to be planned, renewed, or made larger. This program is for educators that want to put a school garden in as a way to teach sustainability, nutrition and ecology to their school population and engage the parents and community in the project.
|Worker bees shoveling soil, weeding, planting and checking |
outplants already established
Naomi Carter the science teacher and garden club sponsor and I, learned some new things and helped direct the addition of several more raised beds to the garden. Gardneing with children is a wonderful entrance for them into the sciences, math, language arts, ecology, botany and more. It is a way to teach the students where their food comes from, how it grows, is harvested, prepared for eating, how bees and pollinators are valuable, types of plants to use for different growing conditions such as the shade vs sun, the difference between a perennials vs annual gardens, and finally the importance of vegetables and the relation to healthy nutrition.
|Classroom Activities for different times|
of the year and setting curriculum goals.
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|How to plant a tree with Mindy Maslin Tree Tenders|
|How to build a raised bed|
|Placing the raised bed, putting down cardboard and filling|
with soil for planting
|A brief lesson on plants with Patricia Schrieber|
|Planting the pollinator garden|
|Planning the shade garden behind the new shed |
built through the Mural Arts program
|Labels on new shade garden plants|
|New bed with seeds planted September picking|
|New beds for pollinator garden, fall cole crops planting, |
and flowers for now
With the continued help of the Kelly Green Project and the school, this garden should be a successful addition to the community for years to come.