The Horticulture curriculum aims for the children to learn and appreciate organic gardening skills. They care for a plot of land by improving the soil, making and using compost, planting trees, flowers and bushes, harvesting their produce and weeding. During the winter months the children learn how to winterize the garden and prune trees. The children will also experience a brief introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture, a practice of enlivening the soil that enables the land to sustain itself through time.
The seventh graders fill the garden beds with the vegetable seeds that they eventually harvest. The yields go to the school cafeteria for lunches and compost from the kitchen is transported to the garden to make soil for future planting seasons. started the year with the hard work of filling the beds of the new north garden. Students also make evergreen wreaths, which are displayed in the windows during the holiday season. In addition to our work in the garden, we also enjoyed cooking our fresh harvests. Students also prepare auliflower au gratin, sautéed garlic and kale, and sauerkraut.