Garden Hosts Two Summer School Classes
Now in its third year, the outdoor classroom hosts summer school
classes as well as elementary science classes in fall and spring.
The garden hosts two summer school courses focused around
sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and ecology. In “Plant it. Eat it.
Love it! Summer in the Vegetable Garden,” third through fifth graders
plant, harvest, and taste vegetables, as they learn about ecology
and create garden-themed crafts. Junior high students in the “From Farm
to Fork” course also help to maintain the garden, while learning
about soil types, optimal times to plant and harvest different types of
vegetables, and the role that local farmers markets play in sustaining
the economy and the environment. Students in both gardening classes run
an on-site farmer’s market where they sell vegetables they harvested
from the garden, as well as garden-themed crafts.
The Harvest Gives Back
Proceeds from the farmers market are donated to the Northfield Township Food Pantry.
In September, our fourth grade classes visit for a field trip
as part of their unit on plant biology. NBJH students help to tend the garden, and members of the school's Ecology Club are involved in maintenance and composting.
Thank You, District 28 Community!
The District 28 Garden Fundraising Committee raised over $24,000 to build the District-wide Organic Garden & Outdoor Classroom!
Generous support from the community helped the District reach this goal, said Superintendent Larry Hewitt.
"We are grateful that so many in the District 28 community showed their
commitment to bringing this extraordinary opportunity to our students,"
Dr. Hewitt said.
Current parents donated pavers, garden plaques, and trees for the
garden, as did many community members who no longer have children
attending the District's schools. The District also received a $2,000
grant from Whole Foods.