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!