St. Bernard School students are growing in faith, academics, love…and we are now growing our very own educational garden!
St. Bernard School was selected to participate in Seed Change, receiving a $5000 grant funded by the National Farm to School Network with a generous donation by the Walmart Foundation. As of October 2017, the students have almost completed their second cycle with the garden. The last two items on the schedule are bulb planting and winterizing the planters. No rest for the Garden Club during the winter months as we begin preparations for our third cycle! Seed selection, indoor planting and maintenance of our seedlings and planning our All-School Earth Day/Wellness Day 2018 are just a few events on our agenda.
The story of our garden:
It is difficult to miss our colorful garden located on the school back porch above the playground. It all started with the jr. high students using their engineering skills to build the planters, the intermediate students measuring the area and perimeter of the planters and adding the soil, and the primary, intermediate and jr. high students buddying-up to plant the seeds generously donated by Baker Heirloom Seed Company. The garden has allowed our students to have an excellent hands-on educational tool to explore, maintain and even taste-test edible garden life.
Garden Club: St. Bernard Garden Club has twenty members that help maintain the garden on a weekly basis. The students gathered bounty and treated their families to lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, a variety of herbs, and even some sunflower seeds during the month of September. In October he club harvested lavender and made lavender infused Epsom salt packets to share with someone special. November found the students planting bulbs and preparing the garden area with burlap for the winter.
Third Year (Cycle 3): Summer 2018: Take the time to visit our garden! The students have worked hard planting/tending to our herbs, vegetables and flowers. New this year is our bean teepee! Feel free to pick the bounty as it matures. If you take any pictures of your family stopping by the garden, please email to email@example.com
If you have not seen the Garden Testimonial video for Cycle 1 of our School Garden, please take a moment and clink on the link. Our students are doing awesome work in the garden!
In addition, check out the 2017 Harvest Party (Cycle 2) video on the website!
Keep visiting our site for updates. A gardeners work is never finished J