We plan and maintain gardens at four elementary schools in Lansing, MI. We use those gardens as settings for
our year-round garden-based nutrition education programs. The children we work with are participatory in every
stage of our garden season, from beginning to end and become intimately familiar with the practices necessary to
grow food. The nutrition component of our work has given us a natural context to highlight the work of local
farmers – we’re able to introduce our students to the people whose garlic we buy for fall planting and whose
hoophouse greens are used in our winter lessons.
Project objectives from proposal:
Objective 1: We will grow, harvest and distribute 200 pounds of food to the students and families who participate
in our program.
Objective 2: We will support the development and implementation of a student-led garden project at Sheridan
Road STEM school that uses sustainable agriculture practices.
Objective 3: We will grow our students’ knowledge and understanding of many components of local food systems
through introductions to 2 farmers and 1 chef.
Objective 4: We will continue our outreach efforts and welcome 80 visitors to the gardens during our summer
open garden hours events.