|Sara tends garden beds in the school's central courtyard.|
When I signed up for FoodCorps, a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy, I did not anticipate all the work and sweat that would come before the students and I could enjoy the fruits of our garden. I guess I had envisioned garden fairies (or better yet, gnomes), that would prepare a lush, productive garden where I could then explore, learn, eat, and play in with my students. Those first few weeks were tougher, physically, than I had anticipated.
|Sara and her DGS Garden Program Specialist Katherine.|
Working with the Delta Garden Study* means my school receives all the resources to build a school garden, as well as a curriculum to teach everything from science to language arts utilizing the garden. Turns out, I’m included as one of those resources to build the garden.
|Sweet peas on the trellis flanked by rows of lettuce.|
People, from students to faculty to grandparents, ask us how our garden looks so good. My response usually is that if you spent 40 hours a week on your garden, and it rained every weekend, then your garden would look amazing too! There is so much potential in school gardens, and I’m so fortunate to be serving in a community that is as excited about the garden as I.
|Basil soon to be transformed into a new student favorite - pesto.|
You can learn more about the Delta Garden Study at http://www.arteengarden.com/.
By Sara Fulton-Koerbling