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Three New School Gardens for Northeast Minnesota Youth

Purpose

Support the implementation of 3 new school gardens in Northeast Minnesota.

Partners

UM Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, University of Minnesota Extension, Local Public Health Educators, Barnum Elementary School, Northern Lights Community School Warba, Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, school staff, Smitty's Ready Mix, Dressel's Aggregate, FDL Master Gardner.

Activities

At the Northern Lights Community School Warba, students in the horticulture class designed and planned a produce garden for the NLCS grounds. Students started seeds in the early spring of 2014 in the school atrium. In May, the students tilled the soil of the garden and added chicken manure. They then planted the garden with plants started in early spring. Students in the summer school program helped weed and take care of the garden along with staff.

At the Barnum Elementary School, Bomber Club collaborated with preschool and kindergarten classes to plant seeds for the starter plants. In June, Bomber Club kids planted the seedlings in the garden and tended the garden all summer. Parents helped installed fence and archway. In the fall, Bomber Club and kindergarten kids will harvest and used the produce for snacks, educational activities, and more.

At the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, kids produced food in the school garden to supply the summer lunch, the school lunches, and the Fond du Lac Reservation Elderly Nutrition Program. Students in the 3rd and 4th grade, the after school garden club, 9th grade science students, and Journey Garden summer garden program students helped plan, maintain and harvest the produce.

Outcomes

Initiated new school gardens in three northeast Minnesota schools.

Funding

$3,000

Leveraged resources

$16,000

Last updated 11-7-2014
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