I'm trying to catch up! Spent the weekend getting mosquito bites, running through the sprinkler and sitting in front of the bonfire. Also doing a quick clean up of the yard so the new flowers busting to get through have some space, weeding corduroy out of the clothes closets and hunting for sandals. Boots are away, seeds are planted and Phoebe and I are headed out with the camera to catch the Spring flowers. Fast and furious and SUPER early but we're all for it!
Thanks everyone for the school garden info! I'm looking through it all. I'm realizing that so much of it just doesn't apply to us, first anything in California. We have such a short season here in Illinois to work on a garden at school. Maybe a month or two before school lets out for Summer and same amount of time after we get back in the Fall. Also we're on such a small scale. So much of what I'm reading is district wide with employees and curriculum for all the grades and huge gardens. I think we may end up more as a club. I'll definitely post more about this and where our project ends up in case anyone is interested.
In the meantime I'm working on a project I know how to complete, 3 dolls for the school auction.
I'm hatching a scheme. Maybe you guys can help? I'm thinking about starting a school garden at Oscar's elementary school. I think it would be so fun for the kids to plant and harvest a raised bed or two of herbs and vegetables. In my mind it's so easy, just some wood and dirt and seeds and kids having a great time learning that food doesn't have to come from the back of a truck. But then there's the flip side of my little daydream, reality. Dealing with school bureacracy, lack of support, no example to follow because no other school in district has a garden yet, no budget, watering a garden in the summer when no one is at school, raising and keeping faculty support, creating curriculum, finding and organzing volunteers, and every other hurdle I'm not even aware of yet. So I was wondering if you any of you awesome diy, public school going parents out there might have any advice for me?? Does your school have a garden, how'd it get started, who pays for it, who manages it, what do you grow? I'd be so grateful for any info anyone would have!
I've just started googling school gardening ventures too and I'll leave links to anything good I find in the comments. I did see this, grants from Whole Foods for school gardens. I'm so bummed I didn't think of this last year in time to apply for one of these.