We had every first grader visit our garden in both the spring and fall - that was over 500 students. They planted their seedlings, tasted new food, pressed cider, and gathered seeds. We also had youth from a low income housing development out to our garden twice this summer for a field trip where they made their own fresh snacks, picked food, and took a walk in the woods.
What challenges did or does your project face?
We saw wonderful successes on new initiatives this season. These efforts were primarily spearheaded by volunteers, and the biggest challenge going forward is going to be sure these programs continue to flourish without our volunteers getting burned out.
How are you working to overcome them?
Seeking grant funding and additional volunteers. We are reviewing and planning for next year already to see where we can more evenly distribute the load.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
In order to effectively undertake school programs you really need an insider in the school willing to help move all of the complex administrative issues forward.