May 15, 2012
Area students will be taking some of their lessons outdoors and planting seeds in city elementary schools. The Schoolyard Garden Program will soon be planting gardens in six Charlottesville elementary schools.
"I'm going to love the first part where you are digging in the dirt and planting the seeds," said 5th grade student, Hallie Pugh-Sellers.
To kick off program, the group hosted a Planting Seed Festival, Tuesday night at Buford Middle School. Teachers say the work the students do in the garden, will help them in science, health and math.
"In geometry if they are learning about geometric shapes they can look at a garden bed and think ok how can we space the plants so we maximize our bed space," said Emily Axelbaum, the Garden Educator.
"They can learn about the sources of local food, why we grow local food and how food goes from flower to plant to seed," explained Linda Winecoff, the Program Director.
Design teams will finalize the garden plans this summer, using Buford Middle School's garden as an example.Construction for the gardens is planned to begin this fall. Students will be part of the whole gardening process from beginning to end.