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How Does Our Garden Grow?

We started an Orono school garden project last spring with all of our 3rd grade classes. Each class is assigned a garden plot to plant and tend to during the spring and harvest in the fall.

A parent in the district donates "The Little Acres" raised garden beds and local community businesses and farmers donate the seedlings and plants. It truly is a community event with dedicated volunteers lending a helping hand.

The district has an organics recycling program where the student's cafeteria food scraps are converted into organic soil. This extremely fertile soil that the students create is used to fill the garden plots. Spinach and radishes are early sprouters, so students can literally watch their garden grow soon after planting day.

To share the energy and enthusiasm of starting a school garden, I created a video of the event and linked it on our school's lunch web page. It's a fun way to put pictures into action and the students love seeing themselves reliving the day. Check out the link How Does Our Garden Grow?

The lessons gained from having a school garden are limited only by one's creativity. This is a perfect time of the year to plant the seed for organizing a school garden in your district!

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