In 2012, Michael and Jean-Marie Abelman built the garden beds and fence, and Jean-Marie coordinated the gardens for several years. She would bring flats of seedlings to plant, teach about soil-building, and about pests and gardening skills. For example, she had kids plant "a sacrificial potato" over the winter to attract wireworms away from other crops. She would help students gather weekly green salads and make their own salad dressings. During that time, the students would sell bags of extra salad greens. They also installed Mason Bee houses.
In 2013, they acquired a chicken coop from the GISS shop. Someone dropped off 11 roosters one day, and the kids looked after the birds. They also hatched chicks in the primary classroom. In 2017-18, students cared for goats in this past chicken pen, but then they died. They used the goat as their “composter” for extra food left over from occasional hot lunches and their new breakfast program.
They also have a cob pizza oven, covered with a shed roof that drains to two large rainwater catchment cisterns that were installed in 2017 with a grant from the SSI Foundation.