Green Apple School Program - A Metro Initiative

Backyard Bounty: Growing Food at School

  • Project Leader: Anne Thomson
  • School Principal: Steve Magill
  • Number of students
  • School Pine River Institute 606060River Rd., Shelburne
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The Healthy Idea Post Mortem

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The project:

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How we'll spend the $1,000 grant:

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Summary Report

Have you changed the specific nutritional behavior?

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How many students participated?

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How did you spend the $1,000?

The $1000 was indispensible for this project. The funding from Metro Green Apple enabled us to purchase all the equipment and supplies necessary for the school garden.

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What activities to change students’ social environment did you do?

The project involved every single Pine River student, all staff, parent volunteers and a local Horticulturalist. All in all over 60 people have been involved in the project to date.

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What activities to change students’ physical environment did you do?

This project drastically changed the way students think about food and their environment. The project raised awareness about industrial food systems and the local food movement. In addition to gettting their hands dirty, students have spoken with their families about buying local, have made requests to the school kitchen to review it's purchasing policy and have been discussing ethical purchasing practices.

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What other activities did you do?

Yes! Now that the garden is well established we hope to continue it for many growing seasons. Some of the plants we cultivated are perennial so they will grow each spring.

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What opportunities for feedback did you put in place?

One of the highlights has been watching and overhearing students learn about where their food comes from: "What? Potatoes grow under ground?!??" "So mint tea from the store is really just a bag full of mint leaves?" "So let me get this straight -- we put all these food scraps into this bin and they will turn into soil?? How does that happen?!"

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