SWS Awarded Best-Sustained School Garden!
Happy Growing Healthy Schools Week! This week, September 27-October 3 is the fourth annual GHSW, which is celebrated in DC to recognize the efforts of our school system and their partner organizations in cultivating healthy schools and healthy students. The FoodPrints garden at our partner school SWS was awarded the title of 2014 City-Wide Best Sustained School Garden! The award is presented by OSSE, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. We're currently growing cherry tomatoes, basil, bell peppers, black beans, green beans, yard-long beans, Tuscan kale, red Russian kale, curly kale, Swiss chard, spinach, red leaf lettuce, carrots, radishes, cilantro, oregano, parsley, broccoli, and zinnias! Stay tuned for updates as the seasons change. Below is the winning essay, written by SWS third-grader Tillie Freed.
Our garden is the best sustainable garden in DC becasue our garden has been growing and moving with our school. Whenever we move to a new school building the 1st thing we think about is our school garden. We haven't only moved once, we have moved three times. At SWS we don't just grow a garden we harvest and cook the garden. One of my favorite recipes is Bruschetta.
Our school doesn't use nasty pesticide against the cabbage worms because that would be cheating. The war has to be fair and square. So instead we take the worms off and place them safely outside the school gates.
There is something else we need to do to help the garden. We have a compost bin to make good soil but you have to go through a lot of stinky times. In the garden at the end of each year we have The Fairy Festival. All the kids in PK4 make fairy houses and hide them under plants like swiss chard. It looks magical. Parents come to see them after school. The food was made by PK4. They made lemonade with mint.
It tasted sweet and minty. They also made a salad with all sorts of greens. You can go through the front gate or the garden. You can see sprout to begin your day and full cucumbers to finish. That's why I always choose the garden path.
by Tillie Freed, age 8