White Oak Elementary School

White Oak Elementary School

Organization: White Oak Elementary School
Website: http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/WhiteOakES/index.html

The kindergarteners at White Oak Elementary in Sugar Hill, GA have been swimming in produce. This year they harvested radishes, carrots, beans, lettuce, spinach, zucchini, and cucumbers. They started with one small raised bed, but thankfully members of the community were eager to pitch in and grow the garden program to six raised beds and involve even more students. On Fridays a local Master Gardener, Rosalie Tubre, taught a Junior Master Gardening class for 3rd – 5th graders. Randy Nass, a parent at White Oak and professional landscape architect, donated lumber and labor for raised beds and helped design the outdoor classroom and garden. Annie’s Garden Grant helped White Oak get a clean start by filling their raised beds with organic soil and manure fertilizer. Parent volunteers helped maintain the garden and run the Eco-Owls after school club.

The harvest came just in time for the end of the school year. ”The garden was bursting and [the students] harvested it for several days, sampling the foods, making salads, and bringing the fresh produce home to their parents.”

Leslie of the White Oak Environmental Education Committee tells us that they are hoping to construct a pergola and cistern in the center of all their raised beds so that they can be irrigated with rain water. Other ideas include installing a solar-powered pump on the roof to keep water moving and prevent mosquitoes from multiplying in the humid Georgia climate.

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