We partnered with HOPE of Winston Salem to have a way for our food to reach the feed insecure. That led us to the Piedmont Environmental Alliance which helped us with learning curriculum for ozone gardens and implemented one along with a non-idling policy. We also reached out to Winston Salem State University who provided the entire football team to help us move dirt, spread mulch and build new raised beds. We have donated hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables to feed children on the weekends. We have excited students to want to have their own gardens at home because the spend free time in the school garden. We have created an outdoor learning space for all students.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Our first obstacle was summer maintenance. We opted to plant sweet potatoes for Fall harvest when our students return. Our Parent Teacher Student Association will subsidize new plant materials and supplies for next year. We need to make sure we keep the momentum going for next school year and beyond.
How are you working to overcome them?
We plan to unveil more classroom events in the garden. Students will head to the garden to test pH, learn about air quality or just have class on our installed benches.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Dream big and stay determined. Our little garden is receiving lots of recognition from our neighborhood and the City. Our students LOVE to learn and give back and the garden allows them to do both at the same time.