The biggest success was getting our classrooms to work in collaboration to get nine 4' by 4' garden boxes ready for planting. Setting up partnerships with kids in a behavior class and kids in life skills classes has been amazing. Developing leadership, compassion and organization skills in these kids who typically have difficulties in this area. This has allowed typically marginalized students to shine using their own strengths.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Our watering system broke. We have had to be very creative. Also, finding space to add to our project next year has been a challenge.
How are you working to overcome them?
Working with both the school maintenance team and the district level maintenance team we have worked through solutions to both space and watering challenges. We have shared our 5 year vision with all and have garnered great support from the community.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We learned that fundraising and grant writing is critical to the success of our program. We learned how to network within the greater gardening community in order to get seeds, learn to save seeds, and best growing practices. We have learned to take important data to help inform our future growth. (which crops work well together, timing of planting, highest yield methods, etc.