Elmwood Elementary's School Garden was started in the summer of 2014 as a growing number of schools in District 203 added an agriculture component to the curriculum while also serving as community outreach. Schools in the district are realizing the benefits of having a school garden. They provide a natural forum for cross-disciplinary connections, while meeting key standards for learning that are student-centered involving active investigations, which rely on students’ own environment as a context for learning.
The Elmwood School Garden will provide each classroom with the opportunity to participate in the creation, maintenance and use of the garden. It is located near the South parking lot, outside the fifth grade classrooms. The space will include a vegetable garden as well as native plants that provide a habitat for birds and insects and a tribal circle seating area for teaching and instruction. The space will also include a compost bin and rain barrel for lessons on recycling and water conservation.The vegetable garden not only supports classroom activities but also serves as an outreach program. During the school year, harvests that are not used for classroom activities will be donated to a local food pantry, Loaves & Fishes. During the summer months, Elmwood’s families and neighbors will have an opportunity to care for the garden on a weekly basis and take home the harvests that they will use, while donating the excess harvests to Loaves & Fishes.To volunteer, please contact Sandy Bell, Garden Committee Chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, or want to find out other ways you can help, email email@example.com.