Sixth graders are passing on the legacy of a school garden, grown from years of work, to a school which will now use the garden to potentially feed hundreds of people.

The Legacy of a School GardenFor two years, the sixth grade students at Island View Elementary have worked on a garden project for two years, using  math, science, art and technology.

“It wasn’t a boring assignment,” said student Rowan Tull. “It was a fun and engaging project. It took a long time and a lot of hard work, but it was fascinating.”

A new community garden on the school campus was planned, researched, and planted by the class. According to teacher Heather Shainin, food that is grown in the garden can be part of school lunches and be donated to local food banks.

Community groups and businesses funded the project through small grants.  Seeds and much of the materials were donated.

The garden is wheelchair accessible, and has been design so small children have easy reach of raised beds.  Students have researched and learned about self watering systems, material for pathways, composting, worm bins, rodents, and fences.  They went on field trips to visit other gardens and learn from the experience and ideas of others.

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