Slater Marietta Elementary School
Their “Revitalization of the School Garden” project was a success. Last year, their garden was overgrown, and snakes were living in it. Today, the garden is a place for students to learn about sustainable garden practices and about their natural world. Several grade levels actively participate in garden maintenance. Grant funds provided replacement of rotting cedar boards with plastic playground borders, garden supplies and purchase of a compost bin. Three book subscriptions from ‘Ag in the Classroom’ were funded to provide age-appropriate books centered around gardening with teacher lesson plans. Master Gardener, Polly Powell, provided much-needed guidance and advice and volunteered time and energy to bring their garden back to life. They have help maintaining the garden from other faithful volunteers, the Beta Club, and some classes. They plan to add a Garden Club next year with the hope to be able to implement even more garden-centered STEM activities.
San Souci Neighborhood Alliance
San Souci Community Garden received funding to build a grape trellis to grow grapes, replace an old sign in the front of the garden with new kiosk, new gardening supplies and wanted to enhance their Art in the Garden project The monthly Art in the Garden program for children held the first class in April titled, “ Fabric Leaf Tree”. The beautiful new grape arbor is filled with grapes ! and added a nice view of the garden as you walk up from the parking lot. The kiosk is being built to provide signage, a map of the garden, task assignments, wish lists, garden concert and movie schedules. The garden currently has 15 active members, all of whom help in the garden, and with their projects and pay a seasonal garden fee which goes to seeds, dirt, and irrigation.
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
The parish project has 12 raised beds and this spring, the area expanded to plant directly into the soil, and adding fruit trees. Initially the parish did not have a regular direct water source to for gardening and volunteers were dragging hoses long distances to the gardens. The grant funds were used to provide a permanent pipeline supply of water. The garden supplies fresh produce to St Vincent DePaul Food Pantry and is maintained by volunteers, 7th grade students, preschoolers, home schoolers and parents.