How does your Garden grow?

About 10 years ago, our custodians threw away 4 or 5 large bags of trash each lunch period. Today, our students barely fill one! What has changed? For one thing, we traded in paper plates and plastic forks for washable trays and silverware. Where multiple trashcans used to stand is a center for recycling. Your children compost their scraps for the school garden.
And look how our garden has grown! The process of planting, tending and harvesting not only creates a culture of healthy eating, but helps children understand the value of choosing locally grown produce.

This week, Chef Monica sent second graders on a hunt for treasures in the garden. They found okra, banana peppers, green peppers, lemon cucumbers, tomatoes, gourds…and even sunflowers ready to shed their seeds for the salad bar.

RJA students are well-aware that the veggies grown at school are better for the environment.They learn early to be diligent in their stewardship of the earth, and they take that responsibility seriously. Our message to our students is always the same: you don’t have to be a grownup to participate in the repair of the earth.


One Response to “How does your Garden grow?”

  1. If only Bistro Kids was at my daughter’s school, Overland Trail Middle School in the Blue Valley school district. I’d be so happy!

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