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Gardening

When you visit EDS, you will multiple garden beds throughout the campus.  These gardens vary by season, and are planned, planted, and maintained by students and parent volunteers.  Our gardens provide students with authentic opportunities to use math and science skills and critical thinking.   Students participate in naturally occurring action research projects as they predict, plan, observe, and revise to keep their plants healthy, and the garden beds productive.  
 
Garden beds can be found on the main campus, but also out in Moreland Woods.  
 

As part of the curriculum at EDS, our fifth grade has been enjoying a Friday afternoon Cooking, Gardening and Nutrition class. Students absolutely love taking part in cooking, planting a variety of fruits and vegetables, watching things grow, and creating poetry and art about the food and garden.  Our students learn about the importance of preparing and eating wholesome food. They also practice their reading and math skills as they read and measure the ingredients in their recipes, often adjusting recipes by cutting them in half or doubling them.

The 4th Grade Container Garden
Eating our tomatoes
Thank you Annie's!

An enormous thank you to Annie's (makers of the famous mac & cheese) for generously awarding EDS a $250 grant to purchase wood to construct frames for our new on-campus organic vegetable garden beds!
Thank You Slow Foods and Bay Maples Nursery!

A huge thank you to:

-Alan Hackler of Bay Maples: Landscape Design and Plant Nursery 

-Patricia Causey Nichols of Slow Foods South Bay

for all their help tirelessly planning and digging the garden with us!

Check out their organizations - they're doing amazing things!

EDS Chefs

This winter our “Chefs in Training” (“CITs”, as our students call themselves) have been planting, growing, harvesting and creating delectable salads out of our crunchy romaine, red leaf lettuce, peas and broccoli harvested from our garden. With parents’ additional weekly food donations, we have been able to create exotic salads by adding sliced Bosc pears, dried cherries, croutons and parmesan cheese to base ingredients from the garden.

Many parents are amazed that their child, who normally would never touch a vegetable, can’t get enough of the salad that they have grown and prepared into a delicious nutritional dish! We are also learning the art of cooking and baking. We have created cornbread topped with our own homemade butter, blended up healthful smoothies, and simmered and sipped sumptuous soups.
One Seed To Many

A giant thank you to Patricia McCracken of One Seed to Many!!!

Last spring One Seed to Many generously offered their organization's services to help EDS create our on-campus garden. Not only did Patricia spend a long and laborious day digging in our garden, but she also donated 200 heirloom seedlings for us to grow in our summer garden and to sell so we could raise funds for our garden. Thank you, Patricia!!!

Thank you Daniel Gaines!

January 2011

We had a wonderful time with Daniel when he so generously took photos of our 4th Grade container garden.

Checkout his work at danielgainesphotography.com
HELP CREATE NEW GARDENS AT EDS!

March 2011

You may have noticed three plastic tubs exploding with produce across from the library. These three tubs have housed our current garden of peas, lettuces, carrots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and beets. It’s amazing what a bounty we can create from such a small space!

We are planning to expand our little tub garden into a much larger space (the recently cleared patch just behind the tubs). We will soon be holding an EDS “barn-raising” event to create raised garden beds. We’re planning the garden-raising for a weekend this spring and will need EDS parents with trucks, strong muscles, and construction skills to help in the creation of this wonderful addition to the EDS community. It will be fun! Please stay tuned!