First graders went home with dirt under their fingernails, but it was all part of kids getting dirty for a greener world.
At Bullock School in Glassboro NJ, the children were mulching the school garden.
“It’s an army of mulchers,” said Brie Arthur, “foodscape” artist and gardening correspondent for PBS’s “Growing a Greener World.”
Last spring, Arthur helped the school build the courtyard garden. This week she returned to lead the school’s primary grade students in the efforts to prepare the garden for the spring planting.
Arthur is a gardening expert who specializes in building attractive gardens with edible plants. “You have a big task ahead of you today,” she said as she spoke to two first grade classes. The kids were ready to plunge bare hands into the dirt. She showed them how to clear the beds of loose branches and leaves and fill composters, while filling the wheelbarrow with mulch and spreading soil and mulch in the plots.
“We have to keep this garden healthy to get food for everyone,” said 7 year old Taylor Spera. “This garden has to stay very, very healthy.”