After installing several raised beds and getting their first crops in the ground, a speaker from the BizConnect program came in to teach the students about farming practices, complimentary plantings, soil mixtures, organic processes and the science of gardening. I'll bet you can't guess what happened next. The students asked for more information and requested a more rigorous curriculum in science and math to further their education and help them to improve their farm. What?!?
This project has "produced" many great things (sorry, I couldn't resist). Area nurseries such as Farmington Gardens and Simington Gardens are engaging with the students and providing internships, a new 4-week urban farming and nutrition class is being taught throughout the school district, and a cooking class using vegetables from the farm has been planned for later this month.
But most importantly, the students are inspired and excited about learning. As they like to say "50 teens, 1/2 acre of land, 12 months of awesome." I couldn't have said it better.
They say that anyone is welcome to stop by and help pull weeds...