Growing an accessible garden with special needs students gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy developing a green thumb while learning valuable lessons and enjoying the fruits and vegetables of their labor.
At Haverhill High School students had handicap accessible raised garden beds, and help from their teachers, which allowed students in wheelchairs and with mobility issues to benefit from the experience.
“We’ve been picking fruits and veggies and cooking with them,” said Nancy Burke, an education support professional. “We’ve made pasta salad, blueberry muffins and str
ke applied for a grant from the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Farm to School program and the National Education Association to start the garden. This is part of a larger effort to connect local farms with professionals such as Burke, giving public students a chance to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables.