W.A.L.K.S. W.E.B.S School Tropical Food Forest and Outdoor Garden Classroom

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The Problem

Our mission is to broaden the positive impact our outdoor garden classroom has had in our school's community. Students, parents and teachers began preparing the area for our Tropical Food Forest in the summer of 2014. The area is a small plot of land behind our school that is home to a variety to native vegetation as well as local birds and reptiles. We aspire to add tree varieties, shrubs and flowers that provide food and shelter for the bird population along with fruit trees for our community's consumption. We also already started building an used tires contention wall and an interpretative trail. Our school's community will be greatly benefited by the projects and provide opportunities for bird watching, botanical studies, soil related investigations, a natural laboratory for ecology studies(plus much more) and...food for our bellies! Hopefully we will become a sustainable school model and help other schools in our community create similar projects.

Our Plan

We are currently working to open up space for new trees and our future interpretative trail. In collaboration with the neighboring campus of the University of Puerto Rico and its professors and students , we will design and build the trail. Students, parents and teachers will work together to plant the new trees and create a new set of garden beds as part of our Tropical Food Forest. Some trees have been donated as well as the tools used in both projects.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices
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The Benefit

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