On your Mark, get Set, GROW!!

by Nancy Burton
We are underway! Our garden started in early April 2014 after being awarded the Whole Foods Whole Kids Gardening Foundation Grant.  We were able to purchase all of our lumbar and soil.  Volunteers constructed our beds and filled them with soil.  I volunteered and planted seeds with all of the students one afternoon, and this past week we planted the seedlings as well as many other plants into the soil!
The children and the faculty had a great time.  We had wonderful garden parent volunteers and plan to offer outdoor classroom time for all educators interested in coming outside twice a week.  A sign up sheet will be posted in our main office, and parent volunteers have already dedicated their time to be on site to aid in the classroom set-up and lessons.
I’d say we are off to a great start!  More update and photos to come soon!
 A huge “Thank you”, to Hope and Laurie from GoSprouts.org for coming to our “Osprey Nest” and getting our garden parents out of hibernation!  We were all set with tools and plants ready to grow, but I wasn’t sure how the interaction with the students would go.  Hope came and took control of our trowels, and rulers and the rest came naturally to us and the children.  We worked with Hope for one full morning and then the second morning we were on our own.  It is so wonderful knowing that Hope and Laurie are close by and always willing to brainstorm, and help in any way they can! 
I’d like to say a special “Thank you” to Dave and everyone at  StreamBankGardens.com for the awesome donations of plants!  

Also an extra special “Thank you “ to Stacey Hirvella, Author of Edible Spots and Pots.  Stacey is one of my best friends and her wonderful book could not have come out at a better time! We used the plans for our raised bed designs, as well as her suggestions on the type of soil to fill them with.  I literally take this book everywhere I go!