The Garden Club
RATIO Architects (formerly Cherry Huffman Architects) founded the M2M3 Community Garden Club with Moore Square Magnet Middle School in August 2009. The mission of the club is to create and sustain an organic garden at the school in the city of Raleigh’s downtown core to teach the students, staff and community about the benefits of small scale sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. The garden is designed and maintained using sound ecological and organic practices that are reflected in all aspects of the project, from the way the food is grown, harvested and prepared, to the recycling of waste back into the earth to the snacks served at meetings.The 1,000 SF long, narrow, organic garden is inspired by the vegetable gardens at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home, Monticello. The year round garden involves middle school students in all aspects of planning and creating the garden – from taking soil samples, to planting seedlings to weeding and maintaining the garden. Students, staff, teachers, parents and community volunteers plan, develop, and manage the garden. During harvest time, students prepare, serve and eat the food grown as a means of awakening their senses and encouraging awareness of nourishment, community, and stewardship of the land. The garden is a member of the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Plant a Row for the Hungry Program and continuously donates surplus produce throughout the growing season.
The Garden Club meets Wednesdays, weekly, beginning August 16th, 2017.