Last year a small group of parents talked the school principal into allowing us to start a school garden. We started small with approximately 200 square feet. This small start created a lot of interest and the school applied for a grant from Whole Foods. We were fortunate to get the grant which we used to expand the garden an additional 1000 square feet and we put in infrastructure including a sprinkling system, compost bins, a worm bin, compost material and miscellaneous tools. My role in the garden has been labor including the lawn tear out, I built the three bin compost system and worm bin and I dug the trenches for the sprinkling system. One of my good friends is a plumber and he agreed to donate his time to install the valve box, sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads. Thank you Ken Paxton for your hard work.
Last Friday evening we had a garden planting party and the turnout was outstanding. School staff are commonly skeptical of school gardens, believing they will die off in a couple of years. With the amount of support and interest in this garden, I am not worried about a lack of commitment moving forward. The parents and children jumped right into the planting.