The purpose of the MOSI Partnership Garden Patch is to produce an abundance of food for people in need by planting a garden on unused land and space while increasing diversity, educating youth and providing an environmentally sustainable system to uplift the Tampa Community.
The MOSI Partnership Garden Patch was developed to enhance science experiences for students by making science more accessible, culturally relevant, and empowering. MOSI Partnership Elementary and University of South Florida students will design and create an urban garden. Throughout the school year the students will plant and cultivate a variety of fruits, vegetables, and garden plants. The produce from the garden will be harvested by the students and distributed to the local shelters. The MOSI Partnership Garden Patch exposes students to community-based service learning projects (MOSI Partnership Elementary has partnered with Metropolitan Ministries Homeless Shelter and the Spring for Women and Children – community based organizations).The garden patch also provides the teachers with an outdoor classroom. The garden’s curriculum focuses on structures in plants and their roles in food production, support, water, nutrient transport and reproduction while incorporating reading, writing, math, and social studies.