A new teaching kitchen and garden at Kimball Elementary
Thanks to funding from the Office of the State Superintendent’s Environmental Literacy Program, FoodPrints staff transformed an under-utilized science lab at Kimball into a beautiful FoodPrints classroom last spring.
The space had been used primarily for storage for a long time, and it was cluttered and dusty.
With support of administrators and plenty of assistance from custodial staff and students, we filled several trash cans, dusted, cleaned and organized - discovering a treasure of science materials that will be used in FoodPrints classes and are now organized and available for staff throughout the school. The space is now a bright classroom that accommodates students gathering for FoodPrints lessons, and is used for growing seedlings for transplanting to the garden, preparing food in cooperative teams, diving deep into the science and health curriculum, and enjoying tasty recipes together.
We also transformed the existing school garden which was not laid out in an ideal way for student engagement. We partnered with the local urban organic gardening organization, Love & Carrots, to build, install and fill six garden beds and add drip line irrigation.
The garden is now thriving for students, families, and staff to experience a flourishing, seasonal garden every day on the school grounds. We harvested kale, collard greens, radishes and salad greens last spring. In the first month of school, we had corn, basil, peppers, eggplants all growing, and this month students are planting collards, swiss chard, kale and spinach.