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District Gardens » Welcome To the FGSD Gardening Project

Welcome To the FGSD Gardening Project

Three students watering plants in a raised garden bed  growing plants outside school building

What’s happening in the gardens?

Across our district, school gardens have been growing. Throughout the year students have been learning outdoors about earth science, ecosystems, plant life cycles, food chains and so much more! The transition to distance learning has temporarily suspended student learning in the gardens, but we have worked to bring the garden to them.

Seed Kits!

During the spring, we distributed over 350 seed kits across three schools for students to use at home. Seed kits have seeds, soil, containers and instructions (including an online video lesson) for students to grow their own plants at home. Teachers have integrated seed kits into their STEM curriculums and students share their growing experiences during classes. If you are interested in receiving a seed kit, please email Tess O’Day at tess.edenacres@gmail.com. A variety of seed packets are also available.

Distance Learning Garden tours! 

During springtime, the gardens are bursting with activity. Plants are growing, including many that students planted in the early spring and fall. Check out these garden tour videos of the Harvey Clarke Elementary garden and Cornelius Elementary garden. More garden videos will be posted over the summer as the gardens continue to grow!

Get in the garden this summer!

Are you interested in doing some gardening this summer? The gardens will be open on a school-by-school basis. We invite you to come help keep our gardens growing by watering, weeding, harvesting produce to take home, and enjoying the space! Summer volunteers are invaluable in helping to keep gardens growing and ready for students in the fall. We have set up garden safety guidelines to ensure ongoing community safety for summer volunteers. Even if your school doesn’t have a garden, there are volunteer slots at other gardens! Contact Tess O’Day at tess.edenacres@gmail.com if you are interested!