On Sept. 13, all of the 3rd grade classrooms at Ingels Elementary in the Hickman Mills school district built 4 raised beds on their playground. The garden will be used and maintained by every 3rd grade class at Ingels, this school year and for years to come!
“Team work makes the dream work,” one 3rd grader said as he shoveled soil into a wheel barrow. Other students assembled and nailed together the lumber frames, filled wheel barrows and moved soil to fill the raised beds. Once the garden was completed, the students planted each of the beds with vegetables seeds. Since it’s late in the planting season, we planted fast-growing crops like salad greens and radishes!
In addition to their brand new raised beds, the school also has another vegetable garden that is maintained by the LINC after school program. Some schools incorporate the garden into their classroom, while others organize after school garden clubs. How is your schoolyard garden organized?
If you do not have a school garden, and would like to have your students help build and maintain a vegetable garden at their school in Kansas City, please contact us at MaryAnna@kccg.org or give us a call at 816-931-3877!