Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Our Garden Grows!

Last fall, 13 raised bed garden boxes transformed a sunny courtyard at Fernbank School into a thriving garden.  Children's hands planted vegetables and everyone watched as a crop grew with each passing day.  The magic of mother nature put smiles on children's faces as they realized that we can grow food. 

Fernbank kids learned about plant anatomy and nutrition in science class. Plant labels with Spanish names appeared in the garden.  Our library sprouted a display of garden related books.  Harvest day arrived and 700 kids tasted radishes, turnip greens, Asian greens and arugula during P.E. This is how our garden grows!  

The Fernbank School Garden was awarded the 2010 Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award which recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on teaching about our environment, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States. As a 2010 winner Fernbank received:  a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening With Kids catalog and online store, the National Gardening Association’s Eat A Rainbow kit, chock full of engaging taste education and nutrition lessons, and a literature package from the National Gardening Association.

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