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Colfax Garden

Colfax Garden

Garden of Eatin’

Colfax has their very own garden where teachers and students are growing edibles and ornamental plants. The original garden has been there for 25 plus years and was constructed by a devoted group of parents who understood the connection between gardening and learning. It was known as the “Garden of Eatin” and had 11 garden beds. It was maintained by parents and students but as time went by the students and teachers spent less and less time in the garden and it became overgrown with weeds. For a while, Mrs. Aucoin and her preschool students used a couple of the beds to plant edibles. It was not until 2002 when the garden was revived. Ms. Stephens took it over and began using it as a tool for teaching English to English Language Learners to today where it is maintained by our students with special needs.

 

Most recently we have expanded the area and have added 9 garden beds so that the all students and classes can benefit from the hands on learning.

 

In 2010 with the support of a grant from Tamar Galatzan’s office and Lowes, and our wonderful volunteer workforce, we expanded the garden to include a washing and vegetable preparation area.  Using reclaimed wood beams we installed seating to create an inviting outdoor classroom space.  Additional composting bins were also installed so our students can learn about recycling, reusing, and mending the soil before planting. Every grade level now has a garden bed, where they can plant and maintain a garden. With the help of classroom volunteers and gentle prodding from Ms. Stephens, our garden continues to grow!

Benefits: Plant-based education has incredible potential to enhance the academic curriculum and classroom learning culture. Our school garden requires a child’s intellectual, emotional, and social engagement with things that must be measured, counted, weighed, arranged, planned and cared for. It fosters student’s curiosity by providing a natural context for hands-on investigations. It provides a multi-sensory environment that supports a diverse range of learning styles and abilities. Most of all it yields gratifying and often surprising results for our students.

 

Come and check out the garden, hopefully you will pick a time when students are out there and you can see for yourselves the excitement and enthusiasm that abounds in the garden!


Colfax mom Whitney Wade brings her garden expertise to school and shows the children how to PLANT GROW EAT!