Building a School Garden

  • Location
    Harwich, Massachusetts
  • Status
  • Age Level
    11 to 13 Years

The Problem

We want to improve our community spaces with a school garden dedicated to learning, exploring, and addressing food insecurity.

Our Plan

We are designing and planting garden beds based on crop families and brainstorming ways to share our harvest. We will be engaging with the local community to share knowledge about gardening, including pollinators and food waste. Additionally, we are also dedicating one large bed to indigenous agriculture, specifically the three sisters, so that we can better understand Wampanoag culture and care for the earth.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

We focused on creating a pollinator day to support our garden area. We worked together to brainstorm activities and fundraising projects that will allow us to invest in native species for our local pollinators. Our project included creating bee fact cards, selling honeysticks, and raffling off donated bee products. Overall, we raised over $150 for our garden, and we still have honey left to sell!

Through this project I/we learned:

We learned that lots of planning in advance really pays off when it comes to the day's event! We also realized that we all bring different skills to our projects, and when leaders in certain areas start to emerge, we should follow them.

What I/we might change:

We will definitely do this project again. We might not invest in so much honey next time!

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Everyone in Roots and Shoots dressed up like pollinators, including bee hats! Students also loved the honey sticks.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

This was a fairly quick and easy fundraiser. Look for organic and natural honey products, and keep your prices reasonable. We sold 2 honey sticks for a dollar, and most of our community was able to participate. We gave out one honey stick to anyone who wore yellow and black on pollinator day!

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