This unique program includes classroom instruction on the life cycle of plants, plant anatomy, the role of pollinators, and the needs of plants (air, water, soil nutrients and seasonal preferences).
Hands on learning in the garden includes, growing plants from seeds, transplanting, cultivation, harvest, safety (bees and tools) and cooperation. The students also sample the produce. This runs the gamut from sharing freshly picked radishes in the garden to sautéing garlic and kale. With very few exceptions, the students enjoy the healthy snacks and, thereby, establish a lifelong appreciation of healthy eating.
Classroom instruction focuses on plant parts, needs of plants, role of pollinators in life-cycle of plants and plant “families”. In addition to horticultural science, the students learn weights and measures (metric and US) geography, climate and the concept of variables in any scientific experiment.