Teachers at Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary created a garden where students study science, plant and harvest produce and share their harvest with a local food bank.
As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme magnet school, Farmington Woods provides students with global learning experiences that include action projects. The school’s international garden combines these elements seamlessly.
Teacher Lisa Hitesman worked with students in the preparation and planting of the continental themed garden beds throughout the spring. The Asian garden is a stir-fry bed with carrots, bok choy and snow peas; while the South American bed has all the ingredients needed for homemade salsa; and the North American salad bed has onions and many lettuce varieties.
Families join Hitesman and other teachers through the summer planting, weeding and harvesting produce that is donated to the Dorcas Crisis Center food bank.
Listen to Farmington Woods tends IB garden
This is a 5.5-minute mp3 file.
You can see photos of the teacher and students working in the garden at WCPSS Facebook