The children were able to start seeds to grow plants with the three-tiered grow light system we purchased. They grew plants for the school garden beds, Mother’s Day flowers, and vegetable plants and flowers to bring to their home gardens. The students were able to plant their plants in the school garden, tend them, and do some harvesting before summer break. They were eating kale, spinach, lettuce, and radishes from the garden. Loading and spinning the tumbling compost bin we purchased with the seed money was very popular with the children and they learned about gathering old leaves for the brown materials that need to be added as well. Parents built two additional garden beds with cedar lumber purchased from the SEED money, which doubled our growing space. The gardens will be full or flowers and vegetables to harvest and cook with when the children return at the end of August.
What challenges did or does your project face?
We didn’t face any challenges, the purchases provided great resources for the school and we are benefiting from their use
How are you working to overcome them?
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We learned that Gardeners' Supply Company gives a great discount to non-profits and schools which boosted our spending power. Buying raw lumber and having parents make the garden beds also saved money and allowed us to do more. It was very quick and easy to get the beds built.