The Issue: Benefits of School Gardens
School gardens can help students learn better eating habits in addition to gardening skills. As they learn about the sources of their food, students in the garden also gain opportunities for hands-on math and science learning, measuring plots and learning about soil nutrients and seasonal patterns.
The Campaign: Starting Garden at Elementary School
If this Grassroots campaign raises $850, then EnrichLA can purchase redwood garden beds to start a garden at Mayberry Street Elementary School. Each additional $10 donation will be used to help purchase other materials and equipment for the garden, such as compost, seedlings, sprinklers, and native plants. The completed garden will include a prep area, outdoor sink, and fruit trees, along with raised garden beds and a drip system for proper watering of vegetables, fruit, and herbs.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
A volunteer-based organization, EnrichLA helps promote thoughtful, healthful eating habits by building gardens at public schools. After working with the city to get permits, EnrichLA volunteers work with school employees to determine the best uses of the garden, and then raise funds for the garden's construction and subsequent school-gardening classes.
To prepare for planting, EnrichLA volunteers install sinks with running water, outdoor kitchens, and drip systems to water the garden, and build picnic tables, trellises, and raised garden beds. Once a school garden and fundraising is complete, the volunteers teach weekly classes where students can learn everything from composting and cooking to beekeeping. Students can also enjoy nutritious snacks straight from the garden.
life lessons are instilled ... work ethic, pride, and a respect for our planet; healthier eating habits are developed by defaultLindsay E. Brown, The Ecopreneur Next Door, 1/13/12
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