Last Friday marked the end of the Durango 9-R School District year. This means that all in-class & afterschool programs have officially ended!! Here at The Garden Project, we had quite a busy spring school semester. Dirt Club, Farmer Days, Junior Master Gardeners, and our electives course at The Juniper School have all come to a close.
Dirt Club was highly sucessful!! Dirt Club happens at Park, Needham, and Riverview Elementary every Spring & Fall, so sign your child up if you are interested in an afterschool garden & arts club.
During Farmer Days, we got the gardens planted at Animas Valley & Needham Elementary PLUS we built an entire greenhouse at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden with Riverview Elementary! Big shout out to all the lovely farmers, volunteers, and teachers that made these days happen :D
We finished up our first year of the Junior Master Gardeners program at Needham, Animas Valley, and Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary. We meet up with all the 2nd graders at each school about every month or two (a little bit less in the winter!). This spring, we learned all about what plants need to grow, Citizen Science, and how to make 3 Sisters Salsa. The Garden Project, 4-H (we're partners on this!), the teachers, and the volunteers all loved the program so we are planning on continuing this into the next school year.
The electives course at the Juniper School was another pilot program that was just started this spring. During this time, we met up with most students at Juniper once a week. During this time, we learned all about how to grow food, why you need to grow food, and (of course) got our hands dirty. We loved all the students at The Juniper School and are excited to see how this relationship goes. Here's an action shot of some of our students munching on a salad they prepared in class:
BUT WAIT!! We're not going dormant now that the school year is over. We still have summer camps and Roving Garden Crews all throughout the summer! Stay tuned for how these fantastic events go.