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Buddy Taylor Middle Agriscience and School Garden Project

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What were your biggest successes this season?

The excitement the student had when they started seeing production and growth in their plants. Some students were able to harvest some veggies! We are on round 2 now. Flower beds are fixed, butterfly garden is planted and looking beautiful. We are restoring some hydroponic systems with new parts where needed and moving the one that was put up and never completed years ago that is outside. We have been VERY busy and loving every minute of it!

What challenges did or does your project face?

We had a frost that really took its toll on the veggies and then we were hit with a freeze and lost everything. It was devastating to all. Now the challenges are that we have been informed that portables are going up in our back field that was to be our orchard, where we were going to create our Aquaculture garden is going to be torn down due to "fire code"because it is built of wood and constructed in 1980. One of our planting areas will be destroyed when summer comes due to removal of a drainage system.

How are you working to overcome them?

I literally just spoke with a man from maintenance who explained where they will be putting a NEW greenhouse for us hopefully this summer before they tear down the old 1980's one. I also have an email into my principal about using the far back field as the orchard as the county man said there are no plans for that area. I am seeing how an aquaculture set up will fit in the garage attached to the classroom but a lot to move and get rid of which takes time.

What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?

ALWAYS expect the unexpected. We did not have enough sheets and such to cover and protect the plants from the frost and freeze. BE PREPARED. Things like weather change drastically in a matter of minutes so plan accordingly. We also learned that with less than 80 days until the end of the year, that this semester's classes chose faster growing plants so they can reap the benefits before the end of May.

Photo attached is our 1st butterfly! 🙂

Project Name:

Buddy Taylor Middle Agriscience and School Garden Project

Project Location:

4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, FL, USA

Number of People Reached:

250

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Lynette Ellen Monahan

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