School Garden Kept Alive by Students and Teachers


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Highland School in Wallingford CT planted the first of their 24 garden beds in 2012. They revamped an underused tennis court to make room for the school garden, which would be used as an educational tool and to introduce students to growing their own produce.

Students spend time planting, nourishing, and harvesting the garden throughout the school year, with the help of teachers who incorporate plant growth into their lessons.

The garden was founded by food services director Sharlene Wong, who wanted the garden to benefit both the school and the community. Soon after implementation, Wong became increasingly busy with other school activities and was unable to maintain upkeep on the garden.

Fortunately students and staff have remained vigilant in the growth and maintenance.

“The garden is still being sustained because they opted to take the lead and work with the students in the garden, which is great,” Wong said. “… We put the basic foundation in — the shed, the watering system — the foundation was there for the garden. It’s nice they’re able to take the lead this year when we’re just busy with other projects in the school district.”

To read more, find the story at Record Journal.

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