Julington Creek Elementary
Posted: May 17, 2010
My garden is going great! We are getting fruit, but it won't be ripe before school is out unfortunately. The kids are really into it. Many have even planted gardens at home. We are writing an ABC book about the garden, too. However, the big event is on June 7th when the kids present Dinner and Drama for their parents, etc. They are cooking spaghetti for 100! We wanted to use our garden tomatoes, but that won't be possible. We are hoping to have a couple of ripe tomatoes to add to the salad at least. However, the recipe calls for fresh herbs and we have plenty of those! We won't get any strawberries for the shortcake either, but they are fascinated watching the blooms turn into fruit (we harvested one). Each student is assigned 2 plants (this includes sunflowers and two trees we planted) they measure and feed weekly. There is also a water brigade daily. Because we all go home June 10 and no one will be around to tend the garden this summer, I am digging the garden up and having drawings for each plant so the students can take them home and reap the benefits. The kids love to be "in the garden"! What a fabulous experience! I can't wait until the fall to start over.
3rd Grade Teacher
Julington Creek Elementary
OUR Center (Hastings)
This was the second morning I was able to work with some children at the garden. It was fantastic!
Yesterday (at home) I made the children simple garden journals and brought them colored pencils along with blankets where they could begin their journey of garden discovery for the summer. I think it was a hit. They seemed enthused.
I'm so looking forward to seeing the growth of these kids and the community garden in the next coming weeks.
We are going to be working on small tepees and I'm recruiting my husband to build some tall boxes for all the different mints we grow. I expect we will be making some sun tea next week. The kids Loved the Lemon Basil! But you should have seen the little Monet's! How rewarding. It was Great!
Otis Mason Elementary
The garden is wonderful! We have had green tomatoes for a couple of weeks - I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will turn red before the end of school. If they don't, we can use all of the other plants to make sauce with store bought tomatoes. The kids are excited every time we go out. They have all written wonderful stories about their personified plant and a problem it has to overcome (usually a lack of water). It smells wonderful and many of the other classes have commented about how much they have enjoyed watching it grow and it's wonderful aroma.
2009 - 2010 School Garden Grant Winners!
Posted: May 3, 2010
We received 11 outstanding applications and it was a very tough decision, but I am pleased to announce the three winners of the Slow Food First Coast school garden grants for Spring 2009:
- Joan Deloney, Julington Creek Elementary School
- Kristen Meek, Otis Mason Elementary School
- Mike Mitchell, Director of the OUR Center in Hastings
Each impressive awardee will receive a container garden kit, heritage seeds, organic soil, lesson plans and a guidebook, and a Slow Food First Coast plaque. In addition, this Sunday they will attend a workshop with Master Gardeners to get their fingers dirty for the first time!
Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who applied and wanted to be a part of inspiring children to make healthier, more sustainable food choices. We are hoping to hold a fundraiser in the coming months to raise money for the Fall round of school garden grants, which is when it will be open again for applications.
Thank you for your support as we continue to celebrate 2010 as the Year of the Young Eater!
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING A SPONSOR FOR A GARDEN IN THE NEXT GRANT, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
Richard and Terry Bartow (from Jacksonville Country Day) were on First Coast Connect on May 4th. If you missed the program, CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast of the show.