The Mary Woodward Elementary School has a community garden program that is successful in part due to its year-round fundraising efforts.
Annual Holiday Bazaar
“Look at these!” exclaimed shoppers at the December 5th school holiday bazaar. On display were holiday greens, tabletop greens displays, succulents, Christmas cactus grown in the greenhouse, garden cards, 2010 calendars and more all created by students. All proceeds are funneled back into supporting the garden. Teachers, parents and administrative staff contributed countless volunteer hours to help promote and staff the booth. Nancy Ross who has been with the garden for over five years said “I can’t be without the garden, it’s a passion of mine.”
Holiday Bouquets and Hypertufas
The greenery, willow stems and berry stems were cut and collected directly from the school garden. Ornaments added the final touch to the skillfully arranged table top decorations created by the 3rd and 4th grade class in the lunchroom. For approximately $2.00 worth of materials and donated time, the greenery baskets sold quickly at $20 a piece. The students also whipped up sedum hypertufa planters. Hypertufa containers are a great hands-on project for little hands that love to get messy.
Join the Conversation
I will be working on the Alberta Rider Elementary School garden starting in January 2010. Are you interested in starting a school garden in your community? What resources and questions do you have?
Let’s start a conversation on how to link our gardens, community and children together.