Students have been working diligently on trying to make a difference in the community. They have made presentations to parents and community members, built prototypes and used suggestions from their community presentation to really start thinking about what foods will be in the garden. The problem that we are facing is finding a spot to start the garden. I have reached out to the neighborhood Alderman who is usually pretty good with getting back to the school’s request but I have not heard a response back from her. My next step would be to find an area on school’s ground to start the garden and taking the big idea I had and sizing it down so that the students can see their plans come to life by the time they graduate from school.
What I have been doing is teaching lessons to the students. One lesson was on erosion. Students tested out different materials to see which would best prevent erosion. This lesson was very hands on and informative as students learned so much as they explored using soil. They enjoyed the lesson and as a result, we will be adding rocks in the garden along with the vegetation to help combat erosion.