Vermont School Garden

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

Getting Ready for Planting Day

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Mike on tractor

Thank you, Jason Goodell, Mike and Bianca Zaransky for helping us get our garden ready to plant! Mike came by on a Sunday and cleared off a lot of old plants. Then he spread a huge load of manure donated by farmer and parent, Jason. This awesome tractor made out garden look like a newly frosted chocolate cake! It was a warm sunny day and the raspberries got their first weeding.

After School students made a wish list of garden crops for this year. Then they planted a few flats of marigolds and herbs. Some of those flats will get an extra boost of heat, water and light at Harlow’s greenhouses before they go into our garden. Many thanks to Evan and Paul Harlow.

A group of 15 kids will be working in the garden after school on Thursdays, planting early greens, peas and carrots.

On MAY 10th, the whole school will come out to the garden grade by grade to plant. We’re hoping the warm weather continues and that the kids get to see some garden growth before school ends on June 8th!

In the summer we have six weeks of summer camp when campers will be able to participate in the July/August cultivation of the garden.

ASP Garden Club week 1ASP planting flats


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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