Composting, Rain Barrels & Sails, Oh My!

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. — Alfred Austin

It has been roughly a month since the last blog post and oh what a month it has been! The end of April brought us the start of composting at CRA. Two new compost bins were installed in the garden and students began their efforts collecting food scraps on campus and adding them to the bins. We will be making our own soil!

Rain barrels have been installed and the middle schoolers are working hard using their project based learning skills to get the water from the rain barrels to the garden in order to provide much needed water to the garden and the plants within it.

And thanks to the many families that save their box tops! Their efforts raised over $1100 for the sails that were installed in the garden last week! These sails will provide much needed shade in our learning garden. Also thanks to the members of the garden committee that came out on a Saturday to see that they were installed!

And last but not least…the garden has exploded with growth in the last month! The garden is giving the students the opportunity to connect with the natural environment, improves the attitudes towards fruits and vegetables, provides real life problem solving opportunities, the chance to learn about key science concepts, and additionally gives the students another forum in which to learn and practice math skills. What an amazing teacher the garden is for our students!