When Kelda (the current principle) first arrived at the school, there were only 4 teachers and none of them were interested or knowledgable about gardening. She reached out to the garden club in the community and ended up with a community mentor who established a club here after school once a week for a while. Then, several new teachers arrived who were very excited and willing to take over the visioning, maintenance and gardening. Each spring, occasional garden meetings are coordinated between interested teachers/classes/parents that further reinforce the positive connections between our community, our garden and making healthy food choices.
According to Susan Lee (one of the early founders of the school garden), there is the period of establishing the beds and soil (fund raising and buying the actual ‘bones' of the program - fencing, raised beds, garden tools, etc.), the planting of the seeds (getting everyone on board with the ideas and willingness to do the work), the harvest of the food (being able to share and celebrate your successes) and then the rest and rejuvenation through the winter (planning and preparing for the next garden season). Every year it’s a full circle and a chance to start again and try new things in an ever changing climate.
The road-side farmstand is used to sell veggie starts, eggs by the dozen and flower baskets cover costs like seeds, fertilizer, compost, greenhouse equipment and more. As part of the parent mentorship program, students take turns being Farmstand Managers with designated tasks. This has been quite successful and unanticipated.