General School Info: Sioux County Extension has conducted gardening programs in several schools on the reservation and over sees a large community garden project. Incorporated in current programs are: box gardens, no till gardening, high tunnels, and traditional gardening. We have never had a vertical garden we are very excited to incorporate this technique. Cannon Ball currently has a small school garden that was began spring of 2011.
Our Gardening Plan: This grant will allow our students to learn how to grow fruits and vegetables with a Woolly School Garden, from planting the seed to harvesting the fruits of their labor. It will give us fresh healthy food to use in the school kitchen and for the kids to take home. Importantly, this grant would allow us to beautify the school landscape for our community. The vertical garden will teach that anyone can grow their own food at home, no matter where they live and how much space they have.
How will children engage in the garden:
Children will participate in school enrichment programs around gardening & will keep journals to record their experience. Students will be responsible for starting the seeds indoors, caring for the seedlings & transplanting them in to the garden, preparing the site, & maintaining the garden. Learning science & nutrition will be the main activity in the garden. Children will be responsible for the harvest to experience the gratification of growing their own food from seed to table.
We've applied to the Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Program!