Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

A New Teen Garden Crew and Some Super Community Friends

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Last week I came out to meet with the new garden crew, as well as moms, Stacie Illingworth and Amy Rice and their children Our goal was to put the sapling shade house back into the garden. We’d had to move it for tilling last spring. We pulled it out of the  ‘lake’ that had formed in the school field after all the rain this month. Lots of the old saplings needed support or replacement. The crew went to work cutting new saplings. We definitely needed everyone to get our frame up again. What great teamwork! New holes were dug and everyone weighed in on how to brace the stakes. Afterward, Amy rode her horse over to school to check up on the frame. It’s still up and holding. Now I need to sew a  tarp to cover the frame. This year we also planted some scarlet runner beans that we hope will vine up the poles to help shade the children.

Women crew members: Nadine, Katie, Kate, Gia and Kate!

Women crew members: Nadine, Katie, Kate, Gia and Kate!

Crew member, David, lashing saplings.

Crew member, David, lashing saplings.

Frame fished out of the new 'lake.'

Frame fished out of the new ‘lake.’

Cutting saplings

Cutting saplings

This took all of our strength.
This took all of our strength.

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Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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