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
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!
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.