A new school garden and a ribbon cutting!
Often, we see efforts to run an edible school garden program falter because no single group is responsible.
Who to repair the irrigation, repel pests, care for the plants and amend the soil? Gardens die during vacation and the will to replant withers.
Volunteers move on or simply give up because of the workload.
Timely repair of something as straightforward as a broken water pipe or a piece of wood can take months to be fixed in a school district bureaucracy.
Delivery of curriculum is inconsistent and often the domain of one or two enthusiastic, though overworked, teachers.
Garden rangers on site weekly to care for the garden and to deliver our straightforward and cheerful curriculum.
Our trained support team take care of all materials, seedlings, amendments and teaching supplies.
We repair, amend and plant the garden and we care for it over the summer.
Our Basic School Garden Curriculum is generally a 6-week cycle, though this is flexible. Our Garden Rangers deliver our interdisciplinary garden-based education program that allows students to learn in a wonderful outdoor classroom - the garden! We deliver a Garden Ranger that spends about 75% of their weekly time teaching and 25% caring for the garden.
Through generous aid from donors and a frugal no-nonsense approach, we are excited to offer this to schools at a very low expected contribution from schools.
Schools are asked to contribute towards the cost as follows:
Title One Public School contributes $5,175.00
Non Title One Public School $6,900
Non Public School $9,660
The Ranger program encourages parent, teacher, student and community involvement. Our rangers also blog about their work every week so parents can see what the school garden is up to and get involved! In addition, we have developed a volunteer-based Parent Ranger position to further engage parents into the school garden!
A student plants a seed and then sees a ting seedling within days? That is an easy lesson in science. Contrast fresh heirloom tomatoes with a pinch of salt to fast food? Welcome to nutrition 101. We can’t afford to raise a generation that does not get whole foods and we hardly need more folks who do not feel connected and thus a responsibility to the earth.
110 GARDENS +
Our team with the help of volunteers is so efficient that we build start to finish in one day. Redwood boxes, controlled drip irrigation, picnic tables and super fertile soil. Our gardens work!
THE GARDEN RANGERS
Our garden rangers are on site weekly caring for the edible garden and delivering our straightforward and cheerful curriculum. We amend the soil, fix the irrigation and engage the community.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides youth opportunities to explore in an outdoor setting. We teach K-12 students everything from cooking skills to environmental stewardship and history to social justice. It is rooted in the principals of both place-based and experiential learning models.
We are like no other non-profit. Nobody makes more than a school district custodian. Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We are as frugal as a farmer. We have six company vehicles. 4 trailers. A car to haul them and a small tractor. We are different.
There are many ways you can make a difference. We get that. We ask you to invest in what we are trying to do! Help kids eat healthy. Help kids appreciate and respect our planet. Help us partner with public schools.