Nicole Porto, Garden Educator with Hudson Valley Seed, has been working with K-5 students to design the garden. Porto and a team of parents and students will build the 50' x 40' garden on the school grounds north of the upper parking lot and west of the shed. The garden will include raised beds and in-ground plots. Eight-foot-high deer fencing will surround the garden.
Garden construction will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 21. Work will end at the close of the school day. Work will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22. K-5 classes will engage in the construction of the garden on both days. Porto, John Griffiths, Laura Mitchell, and the Environmental Education Committee encourage parents to assist with creation of the garden.
Ava Bynum, Executive Director of Hudson Valley Seed, solicited contributions for the new school garden at the Garrison Children's Education Fund Spring Thaw event on Saturday, April 2. Bynum made The Giving Tree, below, which listed specific items needed for the garden, such as seeds, shovels, a trellis, hoses, and a wheelbarrow. Individuals who attended the Spring Thaw pledged to give $2,800 in donations to provide resources for the new school garden.
The new garden will provide a hands-on teaching space for the Hudson Valley Seed program and for middle school garden-related lessons.
Giving Tree photograph. © Ava Bynum 2016.