Irene C. Hernandez Middle School (Chicago, IL) - Annie's Homegrown
Irene C. Hernandez Middle School (Chicago, IL)

Irene C. Hernandez Middle School (Chicago, IL)

Our garden is intended to fit into the instructional program for 6th and 7th grade science, nutrition, and math. We will focus on growing healthy, organic produce from seeds and studying the best conditions for growing. Our garden will be situated beside the school, next to an existing native garden and outdoor classroom, to allow for easy access. Throughout the growing season, we will stress using organic gardening practices. Our soil will be composed of an organic compost and soil mixture and we will continue to provide organic material to the soil through our school composting program. We will use a direct drip irrigation system to maximize water use and weed by hand on a regular basis. Through our PE/nutrition class, students will learn healthy eating habits, including organic fruits and vegetables. Much of what we harvest will be used in an after school cooking class through a partnership with the Common Threads organization. Any additional produce harvested will be used  in the school cafeteria to supplement cooked meals.

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