Our fourth graders had a wonderful opportunity to work with AmeriCorps volunteers at Owl Orchard Community Garden this past week. During our class, the students learned about the work and mission of AmeriCorps NCCC, as well as their plans for improving the space at Owl Orchard. AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full time service program that allows young adults ages 18-24 to serve on a team and make an impact in communities across the country. A group of volunteers spent five full days in the garden last week expanding the garden area, building raised beds, pulling out invasive growth, and establishing a solid foundation for more edible plants and fruit trees. The expanded area of the garden and new raised beds will also improve accessibility to garden space for the community.
Our students spent their Outdoor Education class learning some gardening basics as well as pulling weeds around the blueberry bushes. In addition to getting their hands good and dirty, they especially enjoyed transporting the weeds to the compost pile in the wheelbarrow. Great work, Fourth Grade!
School Garden Coordinator Laura Bradlee plans to build programming around this space and foster the school's partnership with Owl Orchard. Many thanks go to the AmeriCorps volunteers and to James MacDonald, coordinator of Owl Orchard, for welcoming our children into the garden and giving them some valuable hands-on gardening experience!