Vermont School Garden

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

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PLANTING DAY 2020 (and What Happened a Few Weeks Later: June)

Chard and brassica (cabbage, kale, broccoli?) sets ready for planting…started in a farm greenhouse.

Early in June a large group of community members came together to plant our school garden. Mandy Walsh, our garden coordinator and school librarian, had organized groups to plant sections of the garden. Some were dedicated teachers, some parents and children, friends and other community volunteers.

The garden had already been generously fertilized and tilled by area farmers and sets of plants were also donated. We are so lucky to live in a supportive farm community!

It was a very hot dry day and watering cans were filled by a brigade of children. Each plant got a little drink of water before being placed into the ground. Mandy mapped out specific plots for the veggies. Some of the more tempting crops were fenced off from visiting animals. Black plastic had been laid down to keep weeds away and holes were cut into it for planting tomatoes. This will keep the young tomatoes warm and weed free as they get established.

At our school everyone is involved in and supportive of the garden. Our custodian, Adam visited to talk with Mandy about watering during the dry summer days.

COMING SOON: Chickens at the garden and growing updates!

A young gardener is planting sweet corn. Behind her are garlic plants that were started outdoors last fall.
Sweet corn just a few weeks later.
Watering helpers.
Tilled beds ready for planting. In the background our greenhouse is getting some air.
Cabbage chard and kale. Notice the new raised sprinkling system.
Mandy gives an introduction to our garden for the Vermont Garden crew a group of gardening enthusiasts and volunteers.
Tomatoes on their black cloth with pole bean tepees and raspberry canes in the background.
Here’s Mandy Walsh, our intrepid garden coordinator and Westminster school librarian. Mandy is amazing at connecting curriculum across the grades with our outdoor classroom. Because she sees every class her role is fundamental in keeping our garden vital to our school. She’s also skilled at creating a place for every important community contributor.

Zuchinis have already ready been harvested and used in our supervisory union kitchen at the high school.