Southfield Public Schools celebrate harvest of Learning Garden

Working with a grant from Big Green, a Colorado-based national nonprofit whose goal is to bring “real food” to underserved communities, Southfield Public Schools  planted Learning Gardens earlier this year. 


 Photo Credit: Anika Corbett, Southfield Public Schools


A learning garden is an outdoor classroom that produces edible plants. 


 Photo Credit: Anika Corbett, Southfield Public Schools


Students laid soil, set up irrigation, and planted lettuce, kale, turnips and radishes, which they harvested last week.


“Our students are learning a lot about nutrition and urban gardening. … This is a way for them to get involved in it, be able to speak about it and have some context for it. You’d be surprised how many kids don’t know where a tomato comes from,” Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology Science Curriculum Facilitator Kimberly Wardell-Stone said. 


“Every one of these at the schools represents a model classroom.”


“The process is transforming empty spaces into learning spaces, where students are not only learning about the career and skills that go into gardening, but it’s also a place for science to be taught. It’s a place for art to be taught — (students) can come out and sketch around the gardens. They can do reflective writing for English, and work with engineering groups to come up with some ways to keep the deer and pests away.”


Students enjoyed harvest day, and with help from the National Food Group, enjoyed food made from the veggies grown in their Learning Garden.

 Photo Credit: Anika Corbett, Southfield Public Schools



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