Garden Education: Indoor and Outdoor
School Gardens provide students with first-hand knowledge of growing food that can also incorporate many other aspects of curriculum: science, math, culture, and social skills.
Garden-based nutrition education also improves fruit and vegetable consumption for students, as they are more likely to try foods that they have grown and prepared. School gardens can create opportunities for project-based and place-based learning.
"There simply isn’t a better way to feed our children than with locally grown, fresh food. I’ve seen many picky eaters turn into healthy food enthusiasts by connecting them to their food in real, educational, and exciting ways. As a farmer, it doesn’t get more rewarding than knowing your food is feeding the future right at home and in the communities you care about and love."
- Andrea Morgan
Owner / Operator, Ranui Gardens
Through our involvement in school gardens at Park City schools, we have seen first-hand results in students:
- Yearning to eat the healthy foods they grow.
- Becoming more aware of environmental sustainability and where food comes from.
- Having responsibilities not typically offered in the classroom.
Mountain communities experience shorter growing seasons. Cooler temperatures, high altitude, and early & late frosts create a brief window to grow outside. Indoor gardens and hydroponic gardens are a good option for year-round gardens and garden education. We use them in classrooms where students can plant, monitor, and harvest throughout the school year. EATS also sponsors indoor gardens at community locations like the Park City Library.
Parley’s Park Elementary School
The PTA at Parley’s purchased a GREENHOUSE! The building was purchased in 2018 and opened to the school and students on Earth Day in 2019. EATS has been facilitating STEM lessons and providing garden support ever since. In the fall of 2020, EATS implemented a composting program to offset some of the food scrap waste from the Parley's Park kitchen and divert it to the greenhouse gardens to make rich compost.
Summit Community Gardens
EATS rents two plots from our partner organization. EATS uses these plots for garden lessons, to grow produce used in some of our lessons and to provide fresh produce to community members.
Ecker Hill Middle School Garden
Annie Wallace and Brad Gannon, two teachers at Ecker, are dedicated to seeing this garden flourish. They not only involve their own classes in the tasks at hand but have created an after school club to further engage interested students. In addition to pulling weeds and harvesting veggies, these students are in charge of designing and building structures, planning the garden, and starting the seeds for the year to come.
Park City Learning Center Raised Beds and Greenhouse
At the beginning of the 2020 school year, EATS helped fund a raised bed at the Learning Center. The students and teachers followed up by raising funds for even more raised beds. After seeing high interest and engagement from students, EATS helped keep the momentum going by supporting the Learning Center in setting up a temporary greenhouse behind the school. There will be more fresh, nutritious, locally-grown food to come in spring and summer of 2021!
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