The Edible Educational Garden and Outdoor Learning Center are spaces where students can experience learning in a different way. Students and faculty from all grade levels plant a variety of seeds and plants. They are able to observe and record the various stages of a plant's life cycle. They also learn first-hand what a plant needs to grow--soil, water, air, sun and space. Students grow mainly vegetables, which are harvested in the spring for a Salad Day, and in the fall for our Harvest Soup Day. Students plant, nurture, harvest and taste a variety of crops, and many have learned how delicious fresh vegetables can be! Students also plant crops to coincide with their social studies and science curricula: Colonial Herbs, the Three Sisters (Native American Studies), Salsa Garden (South American Studies), the Butterfly Garden, and more! The Garden and Outdoor Learning Center allow students to acquire knowledge in a "living laboratory", giving them an exciting and differentiated approach to learning.
The primary grades planted scallions, radishes, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach and arugula. While the seeds grew, the students observed, measured and nurtured the plantlings. They harvested the crops and had a Salad Day to celebrate their hard work. Everyone enjoyed the healthy food and great company!