Getting our garden built, installed and planted was a huge goal fulfilled this year. The highlight of this process was using our garden to assist with soil lessons that the 7th grade curriculum contains. Students were able to come out to our garden as we were filling our raised beds and compare the soil on site with the compost and a topsoil/compost mixture. This enhanced their understanding of permeability and nutrient composition.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Our biggest challenge was purchasing through our school. There was a lot of paperwork and other regulations involved that took much longer to complete than we expected.
How are you working to overcome them?
In the future we will be better prepared to deal with these things as we are more familiar with the process and have built a relationship with our suppliers and the staff in our purchasing department.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
If you are building raised beds check with your local municipality for sourcing soil and mulch. Our municipality collects and mulches our fall leaves and then will deliver a truck load of soil to your location free of charge. We were lucky to get 2 truck loads delivered by our township and then have a volunteer from our maintenance department come with a backhoe to help load the soil into our beds. Look around for resources and volunteers within your organization; we found that many more people were willing to help than we had realized.