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School Garden Webinar on 6/16

Sponsored by the Growing School Gardens Community on Edweb.net

Healthy Food + Healthy Ecosystems = Healthy Neighborhoods (A Summer Garden Program for Middle School Youth)

Monday, June 16th at 4pm ET

Presenters: Brad Pillen and Meg Giuliano, CitySprouts Garden Educators

Middle schoolers can get a lot out of the school garden experience, from growing food to learning about the science underlying the natural world. At CitySprouts summer youth program in Cambridge, MA, 100 young people ages 11-13 go through a month-long summer internship program at various schoolyard garden locations.

Middle school interns learn garden skills and how to care for their school garden – planting, weeding, watering and harvesting food for lunch. They go on field trips to hunger-relief organizations, grocery stores, and farms outside the city to get a bigger picture of their local food system. They also learn about the interdependent relationships that exist among parts of an ecosystem as they explore the compost, the garden soil and water catchment systems in the school garden.

In this webinar Brad Pillen and Meg Giuliano, two CitySprouts Garden Educators, will present about using school gardens in the summertime. They will share with us how CitySprouts connects and engages 6th-8th graders with STEM core ideas and food systems through their Out-of-School Time Service Learning Curriculum that connects to the new Next Generation-aligned standards for 6th grade ecosystems. Join Brad and Meg to learn more about summer garden programs for middle school youth.

Gardening at Northeast School

The students and teachers at Northeast School have been busy in their DIGS gardens this spring.

Mrs. Frank planted mint with the 3rd grade which they will brew for some tasty tea this week

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Mrs. Maliszewski’s  2nd grade students planted a variety of lettuces which they will eat in a salad.  Mrs. Enslin’s 2nd grade planted swiss chard, which looks (and tastes) fantastic.

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Mrs. Phillip’s and Mrs. Alday’s classes planted squash and green pepper.

digsNE2  Here, a student waters the newly planted squash.

And, last, but not least….. The new bed planted by the kindergarten classes.

NE kindergarten students plant in their new bed...... the "Kinder Garden".

NE kindergarten students plant in their new bed…… the “Kinder Garden”.

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DIGS’ newest vegetable garden!

Kudos to Ms. Susan Eckert, MHS science teacher, and her STEM colleagues for helping MHS students in the STEM program create our newest DIGS school garden.

They are creating 3 small raised beds outside the 9th grade Annex cafeteria.  The STEM students are building the beds themselves, will grow various vegetables, and learn about the science of gardening.

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As part of their studies they are also planting native flowers and shrubs in Rand Park to attract pollinators.  It looks fabulous and will improve both the aesthetics, and the health of the ecosystem on the park grounds.

Well done, STEM students! We’ll keep you posted on STEM garden activities – there are great things to come.