Mr. Gaynor’s and Ms. Klein’s fourth graders had a good time on their field trip to the Beacon Food Forest last Friday, and it was a great way to tie together curricula relating to ecosystems, Native American tribes and plants of the Pacific Northwest, and food chemistry. Students heard the history of the Beacon Food … More What plant smells like pizza?
It’s been gratifying to see students in the garden over the past month planting seeds and starts. The after-school gardening club is in full swing, teachers are planting with their students, and the space is being used broadly as an outdoor classroom. Yea! School Learning Garden Network meeting Gatewood hosted the spring School Learning … More Hands in the dirt, flowers in the salad, and a garden grant!
We’re making good progress on the design for the southwest corner of our playground (the current playfield / mud puddle). Over 300 people–Gatewood and Cottage School students, families, teachers, and neighbors–provided feedback on the three design options presented in various venues in March. From that feedback, we’ve merged the favorite elements from each into one design, … More Latest on playground improvements
Despite spring break–and a long break from posting about the garden–we’ve made a lot of progress in the past month. After building and installing the raised beds, we filled them with a vegetable garden soil mix purchased from Cedar Grove. Then we gathered materials for laying wood chips on pathways around the beds: For weed barrier that … More April showers in the garden
We had a productive work party on Sunday, with a dozen students, parents, and teachers building and installing the raised beds in the garden. Here are some photos:
With the able professional services of Karen Kiest, landscape architect, we now have draft design sketches for improvements in the SW corner of our playground. We will be posting these sketches for community viewing and feedback next week: at our PTA meeting on Monday night, 3/13, 6:30-8pm and at our Art Walk/Open House on Thursday, 3/16, 5:30-7pm. Please … More Playground design sketches
The snow still falls, but we remain hopeful that spring will arrive and are ready to build our raised beds for the garden. We built a prototype, two of our awesome teachers helped cut the lumber for the rest of the beds this past weekend, and we’re preparing for a work party to build and install … More Raised garden beds