Garden Education: Indoor and Outdoor


Food Waste Diversion

Parley’s Park & Jeremy Ranch Composting Pilot Program

Last school year, EATS staff noticed large amounts of food waste in school waste bins and saw this as an awesome opportunity to divert the food from waste to compost. EATS employed Spoil to Soil to shuttle 5-gallon buckets to and from the school, taking the food waste to a local farm. This method worked well when students were eating together in their classrooms, but EATS staff soon recognized a need for a much larger composting program.

This school year, EATS has teamed up with Momentum Recycling to offer composting at lunchtime. In the cafeteria at Parley’s Park Elementary School, students and teachers can find normal trash cans alongside bright green compost bins. With the help of EATS staff and volunteers, students can empty all of their food waste in the large green compost bins and divert all of their food waste from the landfill to a local farm! In the first few weeks of this program, we have diverted an average of 550 POUNDS of food waste per week. We can not wait to expand this program across the whole district and beyond.

Our latest expansion of this program now includes Jeremy Ranch Elementary!

You can support EATS' Gardens and Sustainability Programs by getting involved or by making a donation.

School Gardens

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:

  1. Yearning to eat the healthy foods they grow.
  2. Becoming more aware of environmental sustainability and where food comes from.
  3. Having responsibilities not typically offered in the classroom.

Indoor Gardens

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.

Outdoor Gardens

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!

Garden Opportunities

If you would like to help implement or maintain a garden in the greater Park City area, please contact us at kellie@eatsparkcity.org.

EATS offers garden consultations and setup! Please reach out to kellie@eatsparkcity.org to set yours up today.

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