Growing Green

The Islamic Academy of South Jersey: Butterflies and Blooming Buds

We are excited to start a gardening tradition at the Islamic Academy of South Jersey. We began work on constructing a garden in which our students would be able to learn about how plants grow and how different insects depend on flowering plants. With the help of our staff and older students, we were able to clear out a space for our new plants.

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The Marsh School: Our Garden in Absecon is Growing Healthy

One of our goals was to have the students eat healthy foods. I have found that the students love butter crunch lettuce! We had a “lettuce tasting” in third grade and the students were able to taste three different types of lettuce with their favorite dressing. The lettuce choices were butter crunch, red leaf and green iceberg. Although the students enjoyed all of the

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Estell Manor School: Straight off the Vine

The Estell Manor School district was awarded a garden grant through the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools program. Our district was very excited to be awarded the funds and we quickly applied them to purchasing hydroponic water based garden systems for the classroom. We purchased 5 small systems and 1 very large system. The students together grew strawberries, kale, edible flowers, assorted herbs and tomatoes. The

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Eagle Academy: Eagle Academy Brings the Garden Indoors!

Eagle Academy students have been working hard on a hydroponic garden of their own design.  Mr. Meister’s geometry and Out of the Box elective classes have designed and built a 44-plant hydroponic system for use in Mr. Smith’s history classroom. The students researched the web for ideas and found several designs made from PVC pipe. They then designed their own system to meet the

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Cleary Elementary School: Garden Mulching Basics

Garden mulch refers to anything that can be placed over your soil. I, however, delineate this further by categorizing some items as mulch liners, that is things that go beneath your mulch but above your soil, and then anything that sits on top is just “mulch”. People typically use mulch for a variety of reasons. It looks nice, it moderates soil temperature, it keeps

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Buena Regional Middle School: Fun in the Sun: BHMS Court Yard Garden

Two years ago the Buena Regional Middle School implemented a horticulture program. This was offered as a cycle class to all 7th and 8th graders who were not taking band or choir. The 220 participating students had the class for one marking period. We have 20 raised beds that measure 10’x5′. Our soil came from the ACUA. Eleven of the beds have perennials such

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Atlantic City High School: Learning: In and Out of the Classroom

Our school garden is a wonderful way to use the schoolyard as a classroom. The garden introduces the students to the natural environment and the true source of their food. The garden helps to teach the students valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills while incorporating a number of subjects, such as health and physical education, language arts, math, science, art, and social studies.

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St. Joseph’s Regional School – Somers Point, NJ: Growing together in Somers Point

We located our 5 gardens – each 16.2’x10′ Golden Ratio! – at the north end of the parking lot.  This affords maximum light all day long. We planted the back 4′ x 81′ with upland perennial wildflowers and shrubs.  These plants will not be damaged by any snow that is often plowed up to this area as the large lot is cleared after snow

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E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School: School Garden & Butterfly Blog

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Hooray…Spring has Sprung! We were excited to plant in our School Garden for the first time this season. Spring provided our class a warm, sunny afternoon today to get our 3 kinds of lettuce planted. We shared the time with our planting buddies in Mrs. Lucia’s Kindergarten class. They filled a raised bed with lots of celery plants. We’ve never

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Seaview Elementary School: Excitement awaits us!

May 2016 Finally, the seeds we planted in the garden are showing their heads!!! The children have been anxiously awaiting carrots, arugula, Swiss chard, kale, lettuce, spinach and peas. With the cold, wet weather, it took our peas 21 days to sprout. We thought that they would never come up! Before we planted our carrots we read the book “The Carrot Seed” by Ruth

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