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Growing Minds: Installing An Educational Garden

Center Street School's new garden from Borski Productions on Vimeo.

This is what I was doing this past weekend…Installing a garden at a local elementary school (in Los Angeles) so that the teachers can incorporate nature/plants into all aspects of their school curriculum. The kids at this school are going to learn all about gardening, stewardship and the environment while studying math, science, language arts and social studies in this garden space.

AND…You get to see me talking in my flower baseball hat, garden apron and wellie boots!

(I admit that I got a bit excited about the soil arriving! But as gardeners, I know YOU understand.)

Three years of work came together in just a few hours on this day. These wonderful parents and volunteers helped us created something truly awesome here!

Once installed, there are several teams set up to help keep this garden going: The Garden Committee (parents/teachers), The Green Team (4th & 5th grade students), Planet Pals (parents who run the recycling on campus) and Garden Docents (parents who help the teachers with lesson plans) and many, many others…

And how great is it that an elementary school would even consider doing this? PRICELESS!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.