Our success this season has been to involve students and summer campers in our garden program.
They have learned about stormwater management, water run-off issues, growing practices, sustainable agriculture, and the connection between food/farming and the impacts it has on the environment.
What challenges did or does your project face?
The challenges we face involve human power-
Because we are a school the majority of the workload being in the summer happens to be when we have the least amount of staff on hand to assist with the workload.
How are you working to overcome them?
As an SRV tradition, we celebrate Putter Day twice per year. This celebration brings the whole school together to work on campus maintenance projects. Parents and kids are able to be involved in caring for the environment we spend so much time in. The school has also committed to hiring year-round staff responsible for the garden and food program.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Our project involved stormwater management. The students will use the rain barrels purchased through this program to water the vegetable garden, the greenhouse and for the gardens throughout the campus. The students will be able to see the impact this makes on the fields around them. We will discuss how this mitigates runoff into our streams.